A majority of North Carolinians back offshore drilling, although support has dropped sharply since the oil spill in the Gulf, according to the latest Elon University Poll.
The survey found that 51 percent support drilling off North Carolina's coast. That is down from 63 percent last April.
Likewise, opposition to offshore drilling has risen since April, from 30 percent to 40 percent, according to the survey.
The poll, conducted Sept. 20-23, surveyed 584 North Carolina residents – not just voters – and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.