In this Californian file photo, an oil pumping unit and storage tank near Shane Court in Arvin is surrounded by residential apartments, single-family homes and commercial businesses.

A new poll out of USC suggests potential voters in the November election overwhelmingly support lifting a stay on a 2022 law that would establish 3,200-foot buffer zones known as setbacks between petroleum operations and sensitive sites like homes and schools.

The survey conducted Jan 21-29 found 71% of respondents favored keeping the setbacks law, which is widely opposed by local oil producers, while 20% wanted to repeal it.