A new Siena College poll says voters are about evenly split in their opinions of report outlining regulations that would allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York state.
Statewide, 45 percent of voters favor DEC\’s recommendation and 43 percent oppose it. Upstate, 47 percent favor, 45 percent oppose; in the downstate suburbs, 47 percent favor, 40 percent oppose; and, 41 percent in New York City favor while 42 percent oppose. By a 54-33 percent margin, voters statewide say they are more inclined totrust hydrofracking opponents rather than supporters, a view held by 53 percent in New York City, 54 percent in the downstate suburbs and 55 percent upstate.
Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg stated â€œWhile only a little more than one-third of downstaters have paid a great deal or some attention to the debate over hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale, nearly two-thirds of upstaters have been following the debate at least somewhat. That regional difference doesn\’t, however, carry over to voters\’ attitudes on the DEC\’s recommendation to allow hydrofracking, or on whether to trust hydrofracking supporters or opponents.â€
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