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Hydrofracking section of Quinnipiac University poll

September 12, 2012 - New York Voters Want Cuomo To Clean Up Corruption, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Upstate Voters Tip State In Favor Of Drilling


By a narrow 45 - 41 percent, New York State voters say the economic benefits of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale outweigh the environmental concerns. Republicans support drilling 72 - 16 percent while Democrats are opposed 54 - 31 percent and independent voters are divided with 46 percent in favor and 43 percent opposed.

Upstate voters support drilling 48 - 40 percent, up from 43 - 44 percent in a July 26 Quinnipiac University poll and the strongest upstate support since a 51 - 39 percent result when the question first was asked August 11, 2011. New York City voters are split with 41 percent for drilling and 44 percent opposed. Suburban voters support drilling 49 - 39 percent.

Drilling will create jobs, voters say 81 - 12 percent, with no opposition from any group.

But hydro-fracking will damage the environment, voters say 48 - 14 percent, with 37 percent undecided.

"Upstate voters, who have the most to gain, and the most to lose, have tipped the statewide balance in favor of drilling for natural gas," Carroll said.

From September 4 - 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,589 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed-, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

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