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Hydrofracking Draws Little Consensus Among New Yorkers
There is a difference of opinion among New Yorkers on the issue of hydrofracking. 37%oppose splitting underground rock to remove natural gas while 32% support it. A notable31% are unsure.When NY1/YNN-Marist last asked this question in May, 41% were against hydrofracking,38% favored it, and 21% were unsure.Key points:
in New York oppose hydrofracking, 33% support it, andthree in ten -- 30% -- are unsure.
-- 43% -- are more likely to support hydrofracking than
-- 37% -- and
-- 28%.The ban on drilling for natural gas may be lifted in New York State. While parks, wildlifepreserves, and sources of drinking water would not be touched, private property would befair game. Upstate, 54% of residents don’t want this type of drilling to take place in theirtown or city.
Two key arguments for hydrofracking are that it makes us independent from foreign oil and itcreates jobs. But, opponents point to keeping water supplies safe and protecting theenvironment. Where do New Yorkers stand?
Nearly six in ten New Yorkers -- 59% -- believe preserving the water supply andenvironment is more important than making us independent from foreign oil. Aboutone-third -- 33% -- believe the opposite is true, and 7% are unsure. In May, 56%,39%, and 5%, respectively, held these views.
Similar proportions of
believe this to be the case. 59% ofvoters statewide think preserving the water supply should be the priority, 35%state oil independence is more important, and 6% are unsure. In NY1/YNN-Marist Poll’s previous survey, 57%, 39%, and 5%, respectively, had theseopinions.
When weighed against job creation, 51% of adults statewide think preserving thewater supply is the strongest argument while 41% believe creating jobs dominatesthe debate. Eight percent are unsure. These views are similar to those expressed inMay. At that time, 52% cited the water supply, 41% reported job creation, and 6%were unsure.
There has been a change among
statewide. Only half --50% -- now believe the argument for protecting the environment outweighsthat for job creation -- 44%. 6% are unsure. This compares with 55%, 39%,and 6%, respectively, who held these views in May.
, there has been a decrease in the proportions of Democrats -- 51%-- who think the preservation of the water supply is the most compelling