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Poll: Western voters see public land as an asset

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 6, 2013 at 7:06 pm •  Published: February 6, 2013

Much of the increased production has come on state or private land.

The poll did find that 89 percent viewed dependence on foreign oil as a serious problem, and 56 percent backed the concept of drilling on public lands, provided environmentally sensitive places are protected.

About two-thirds said too much government regulation of oil and gas drilling was at least a somewhat serious problem. But about half thought that there wasn't enough oversight and monitoring of drilling in their state.

When asked about regulations on clean water, natural areas and wildlife, 54 percent backed such measures, while 35 percent saw them as burdensome red tape.

The poll was conducted jointly by Republican and Democratic polling firms. It sampled 400 voters in each state with a margin of error of 2 percentage points at the regional level and 4.9 percentage points at the state level.