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Gulf Seafood Poll Results

Last month, we posted a poll on our website to find out whether readers thought Gulf seafood was safe to eat a year after the oil spill. With the spill anniversary falling on April 20, the safety issue was at the forefront of minds across the country, and campaigns like “Serve the Gulf” in Alabama sprung up to fight the perception that seafood is still tainted by oil. The results of our poll show that Southerners are still eating their seafood (78%), while people in other parts of the country have concerns. This isn’t surprising, since many of us who live near the coast probably know a fisherman or shrimper and have witnessed firsthand the quality of seafood coming out of our waters – and thoroughly enjoyed it on our plates. The findings below just prove that if you do believe Gulf seafood is safe to eat, then tell your friends and family members in other regions that it’s safe to order Gulf seafood in a restaurant or buy it in the grocery store.

Gulf Seafood Poll Results

  • 78% of survey participants believe Gulf seafood is safe to eat.
  • 22% believe Gulf seafood is not safe to eat.
  • Folks in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and even New York voted in favor of the safety of Gulf seafood.
  • Florida was divided on the issue, voting 57% yes.
  • Folks in Idaho, Colorado, Virginia and Maryland voted no, seafood is not safe to eat.
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