Oil is spilling? Crank up the drilling!

A Public Policy poll reveals some strange information:

28% of Republicans said the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico made them more likely to support drilling off the coast to an equal 28% who said it made them less likely to be supportive. 44% said it made no difference…

The page doesn’t indicate what polled Democrats (if any) believe, but why anyone would see this debacle as cause for celebrating offshore drilling is beyond me. Maybe they figure that all of that oil that’s gushing into the Gulf of Mexico is going to waste and needs to be replaced somehow. If so, the same people would probably favor the consumption of Ex-Lax to alleviate starvation.

EDIT: I found the full results of the poll–they’re on page 3 of this PDF. As it happens, 17% of Democrats (or “liberals”; the results actually say nothing about party affiliation, breaking down respondents by ideology instead, which I’m sure amounts to exactly the same thing here) also find themselves more in favor of offshore drilling as a result of the current spill. These results, taken together, conform nicely to my general view of the citizenry–most people are halfwits, right-wingers only 2/3 of that.

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