Poll: Coastal Alabamians fear oil spill caused permanent damage to Gulf, Press-Register, October 14, 2010:
71 percent of respondents believe that the BP oil spill caused permanent ecological damage to the Gulf of Mexico. ...
61 percent said that the spill has had a negative impact on their household.
38 percent disagreed with the statement that seafood from spill-affected areas is safe to eat.
32 percent said they would move to another community if they could.
*Poll facts: 412 people surveyed by telephone in Southern Alabama south of I-10 from September 9-27, by USA Polling Group.
The sampling is part of a larger academic study by Steve Picou, a sociology professor at the University of South Alabama who has examined the impacts of the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska for more than 20 years, and Duane Gill of Oklahoma State University.
“It’s obvious that people in south Mobile County believe there has been damage and the damage is serious,” Picou said. “The spill has really impacted them in a very significant way.”
After the Exxon Valdez spill, the rates of suicide, domestic violence and divorce soared in the areas most affected... Picou and local health officials have expressed concern that the same is ahead for Gulf communities...