Support for Offshore Drilling Tanks: The Chart

In the wake of the oil spill we've got Michael Brown ("Brownie" of Katrina infamy) accusing Obama of exploiting the spill to manipulate public opinion, environmentalists accusing him of not exploiting it enough, and Palin focusing the blame on foreigners. But the fact is, there's just no way to make offshore drilling look great right now and, spin notwithstanding, public support for it has plummetted across the board (see chart). But it's still over 50 percent among likely voters.