Mass. Residents Favor Offshore Oil Drilling


A majority of Massachusetts residents (58 percent) support oil drilling off the coast of Massachusetts in the face of high gasoline and home heating costs, according to a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll. Thirty-one percent oppose offshore drilling in Bay State waters.

Sixty-three percent of those polled also said that the United States should open restricted oil reserves in Alaska and off shore in Florida and California. Interviews with some of the respondents are available in an Oct. 1 Boston Globe business article.

Those polled said they believe the economy will get worse by the end of the year and that they are cutting back on dining out (58 percent), travel (61 percent), and driving (49 percent). Yet their spending is up – likely a reflection of higher prices, including at the pumps.

The Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll was conducted from Sept. 22-24 and includes answers from 400 residents across the state. It has a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percent.

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Greg Gatlin

Mariellen Norris