Americans split on offshore drilling, poll says

In response to the oil spill, President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump's regulatory rollback boosts odds of a financial crisis Five town hall takeaways: Warren shines, Sanders gives ammo to critics Ex-Obama CIA official makes 'Game of Thrones' cameo MORE has placed a moratorium on new deepwater ocean drilling for at least six months while a new independent commission explores needed safeguards. 

Before the spill occurred, 70 percent favored increased drilling and that number dropped in May, after the BP and Transocean oil rig blew up and sank on April 20, according to an April Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll. 

In a new USA Today/Gallup poll, 52 percent of registered voters support drilling, suggesting support has slipped further as the crisis has been protracted over the past six weeks.