The Obama White House now says the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is the worst oil spill in U.S. history, but most voters still don’t think a government takeover of the oil industry is a good remedy.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 16% think it would be a good idea for the government to nationalize all the oil companies and run them on a non-profit basis. Sixty-five percent (65%) disagree with that idea. Twenty percent (20%) are undecided.
This represents a drop in support for nationalization from two years ago. In June 2008, 29% favored nationalization of the oil industry and only 47% were opposed.
While 78% of Republicans and 76% of voters not affiliated with either major party oppose nationalization, Democrats are more divided over the question.