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Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Oil Spill's Impact on Public Opinion

For an instant snapshot on the Gulf Coast oil spill's impact on the big picture, look no further than here:


Two months ago, Americans prioritized energy production over environmental protection. Now, it's the other way around -- and by a larger margin. This is a case where our long-term Gallup trends really paint a remarkable picture of how Americans' attitudes change.

Gallup in March also reported that Americans were feeling more positive about the environment in general and less worried about many environmental issues.

So, do the shifts we've documented since the oil spill represent a temporary reaction or more permanent shift? Our Gallup polls will tell in due time.

In the meantime, view our most recent results in detail and our complete historical trends. In a Gallup.com story for Friday morning, we'll update you on Americans' current views on offshore drilling.

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