Support for more offshore oil drilling has risen according to a new poll from Rasmussen, which reveals that

Just over half (55 percent) agree with Republican presidential candidate John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate's defense authorization would set cyber doctrine Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE's proposal to build more nuclear plants, but 32 percent are opposed. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight Iran's president warns US will pay 'high cost' if Trump ditches nuclear deal MORE's proposal to pledge $4 billion in federal aid to the auto industry to build fuel efficient cars is favored by 48 percent, but opposed by 38 percent. His idea to give a $7,000 tax credit to Americans who buy hybrid cars is opposed by 46 percent, but 44 percent are in favor of it.

Among likely McCain voters, 90 percent support more offshore drilling, while 37 percent of potential Obama voters support expanded drilling off U.S. coasts.

Last month House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)--an opponent of more offshore drilling--recessed the House for five weeks without allowing a vote on a national energy bill that included a measure to expand oil drilling. Since then, House Republicans have staged protest sessions on the House floor.

-Katie Stapleton-Paff