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NBC/WSJ poll: Drill, baby drill

From NBC's Mark Murray
Here's our write-up of the new NBC/WSJ poll:

WASHINGTON - Drill, baby, drill.

Even after the recent — and highly publicized — oil spill in the Gulf Coast, that's the overwhelming sentiment from the public, with six in 10 Americans supporting more offshore drilling, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

In addition, a majority believes that the potential economic benefits of offshore drilling outweigh its potential harm to the environment.

Those aren't the only striking results from this survey, which was conducted after several significant and newsworthy events:

-- Nearly two-thirds of Americans back Arizona's new controversial immigration law;
-- After the failed car bomb in Times Square, 58 percent of respondents say they're worried this country will experience another terrorist attack, the highest percentage on this question in almost five years;
-- And in the wake of the federal government's fraud charges against Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs, a clear majority thinks that the biggest concern about the financial reform legislation moving through Congress is that it won't go far enough to rein in Wall Street's perceived excesses.

The more things change ...
Yet given these events and findings, perhaps the biggest takeaway from the poll is that the overall political environment remains virtually unchanged.

Half of the nation still approves of President Barack Obama's job performance; Republicans continue to enjoy an enthusiasm advantage heading into the upcoming midterm elections; and more than eight in 10 remain dissatisfied about the economy.

"The more things change, the more they stay the same," says Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff. "The dynamics of 2010 are overriding any of these huge events that are happening."

Adds McInturff, "We have a corrosive economy, and that economy is continuing to be a weight on the political system."

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