A new poll conducted for the St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald, Bay News 9 and Central Florida News 13 shows 41 percent of Florida voters support a ban on offshore drilling, while 49 percent oppose the idea. In May, 44 percent supported the ban and 44 percent opposed.
The telephone survey of 602 registered voters was done Aug. 6-10 by Ipsos Public Affairs, an independent, nonpartisan research company based in Washington, D.C. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Support has trailed off chiefly in the North Florida/Panhandle area, which has endured the effects of the oil disaster. In May, 52 percent of voters in the region, many of them Republican, supported a ban; now only 36 percent do. Continue reading here.