Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Few surprises in latest poll on fracking in New York

New York voters are still split over the potential benefits and dangers of natural gas fracking, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll on the controversial subject.

The Legislative Gazette reports that "
42 percent support drilling because of the economic benefits, while 46 percent oppose it because of environmental concerns."

The gas industry can take some comfort in the fact that support for fracking has grown by three percent since the polling company's last survey on March 20 when 39 percent supported fracking and the same 46 percent as today opposed it. 
What drillers won't like is a finding that by a 50 to 38 percent margin, voters would support a new tax on companies drilling for natural gas. Support for a drilling tax is 59 to 30 percent among Democrats and 51 to 36 percent among independent voters. Republicans opposed the tax 53 to 37 percent. 

You'll find other interesting statistics, like regional and gender breakdowns in the Gazette's story, Voters 3 to 1 say fracking will damage environment 

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