A recent national poll by Bloomberg revealed that 73 percent of Americans opposed the deepwater drilling moratorium put in place by the Obama Administration, saying it was unnecessary and that the U.S. Gulf oil spill is a "freak accident."
While 8 in 10 respondents surveyed in the July 9-12 poll said BP should pay for all damages caused by the oil spill, eight in 10 respondents questioned said BP shouldn't be assessed penalties beyond payment for damages, such as being banned from future drilling in the U.S.
Bloomberg reported that this opinion was strong regardless of political views, with 85 percent of Republicans, 73 percent of independents and 65 percent of Democrats surveyed opposing the ban.
Making BP pay for the economic damages from the spill, even at the risk of bankruptcy, is backed by 61 percent of respondents who said they were Democrats, and 54 percent of both Republicans and independents.
Six in 10 questioned said BP, not the federal government, should reimburse wages lost by oil workers laid off because of the moratorium, with 56 percent saying even the possibility of bankruptcy shouldn't allow the company to escape paying.
Forty-four percent of respondents hold BP responsible for the spill, while 19 percent blamed lax federal regulations and oversight. One in five say no one is to blame.
The Bloomberg poll was based on interviews with 1,004 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.
The fact so many people say it was a freak accident is especially telling," said J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., a Des Moines, Iowa-based company that conducted the telephone survey. "People say BP must pay, but there's no sense of impending doom at the hands of the entire industry."
The length of the spill, now in its 84th day, may explain why there's not a broader sense of outrage, she said.
"Perhaps because it's gone on so long there's a sense that it is what it is," Selzer said. "BP is accountable for what they are accountable for, but any sense of vindication you might look to find is absent."
Harahan, La.-based Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) said in response to the poll, "The moratorium to halt drilling will cut the legs out from under a Gulf Coast economy that is already reeling from the initial spill. It will cause a ripple effect from the offshore workboat operators who supply oil rig equipment all the way down to the grocery stores who supply food for the mariners.
"The moratorium is short-sighted and will cripple an already hard-hit maritime industry operating in the Gulf Coast region."
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