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South Ala. Poll Shows Oil Spill's Disruptive Impact

Mobile, AL – A new poll of residents in southern Mobile County has found that the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has left about one-third with a desire to leave.

The survey, conducted by the University of South Alabama's polling group, also found that 71 percent of those responding believe the oil spill caused permanent ecological damage to the Gulf. And 38 percent disagreed with the statement that seafood from spill-affected areas is safe to eat.

The telephone survey of 412 people living south of Interstate 10, excluding Theodore, was conducted Sept. 9-27. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus five percentage points.

When asked if they would move to another community if they could, 32 percent said they would.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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