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Californians coming around on drilling

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By Michelle Malkin  •  July 31, 2008 02:14 PM

See what happens when you lead?

It took the Beltway GOP long enough to get in front of the issue, but now it’s paying off.

No need for “rebranding” or “re-imaging” or moving to the left. Just moving ahead in the Right direction.

Let’s see more:

A majority of Californians favor more oil drilling off the coast, according to a statewide survey released Wednesday, for the first time since oil prices spiked nearly three decades ago.

The support by 51 percent of residents polled this month by the Public Policy Institute of California represents a shift caused by renewed Republican advocacy for drilling as well as motorists’ reaction to soaring pump prices, according to the pollster.

With high oil prices and calls from President Bush and Republican presidential aspirant Sen. John McCain to open coastal waters to domestic production, support for drilling has jumped, particularly among Republicans, the poll says. Support increases with age and is slightly higher among men than women.

But as the price of oil hovers around $120 per barrel, double the cost a year ago, support for drilling has increased even among Democrats and independents, says the survey of 2,504 adult residents polled across the state July 8-22.

… the biggest single factor in the change in attitude to drilling, he said, is “much more political support among Republican voters for offshore oil drilling than there was a year ago. The Republicans are hearing both from the president and the presidential nominee, who are making the case that drilling is good for economic and national security.”

Republicans account for the greatest jump in support of offshore oil drilling, with 77 percent in favor, compared with 60 percent in the same poll last year. Democrats increased support to 35 percent in favor from 29 percent last year. Independents shifted to 44 percent in support compared with 33 percent in favor last year.

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The Foundry finds Babs Boxer on another planet.

Looks like more and more Americans ain’t buying Barack’s inflate-your-tires solution.

Rush Limbaugh has fun with Obama’s hot air:

Commenter JSR:

We might want to hold off on that drilling. I inflated my tires last week and prices around Atlanta are already down at least 10 cents.

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