MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A survey by Alabama State University
finds that the Gulf oil spill caused significant changes in the summer vacation plans of Alabamians who normally go to the beach.

The random telephone survey of 596 adult Alabamians found that 44 percent usually take summer vacations, and 62 percent of thosen usually go to the beach. Twenty-eight percent of those Alabamians who usually go to the beach said they changed their plans because of the oil spill.

Poll director Myles Mayberry says that shows why the oil spill caused sales tax collections to drop in coastal counties.

The survey by ASU's Center for Leadership and Public Policy was conducted July 26 through Aug. 17 and has a sampling error margin
of plus or minus four percentage points.

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