Survey Finds 48 Percent of New Yorkers Opposed to Fracking

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Survey Finds 48 Percent of New Yorkers Opposed to FrackingA new survey by Quinnipiac University published on Friday showed that 48 percent of New Yorkers oppose fracking activities in the Marcellus Shale due to environmental concerns, while 43 percent of the respondents favored it for its economic benefits. Nine percent were indifferent.

This is the highest degree of opposition to fracking as measured by Quinnipiac, which regularly conducts polls on various topics affecting New Yorkers, reported The Steuben Courier Advocate.

The results showed that upstate New Yorkers favored hydraulic fracturing by a margin of 48 percent to 43 percent. Voters in New York City strongly opposed 55 percent to 35 percent, whilst suburban respondents were divided, with 47 percent saying they backed drilling while 55 percent were against it.

The survey also noted that 41 percent of the state’s residents believe that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is “dragging his feet” on making up his mind whether to permit the controversial process of fracking to be conducted in the state. Only 20 percent believed he is carefully weighing his options regarding the issue.

The poll also analyzed how New Yorkers felt about medical marijuana, with 35 percent reportedly favoring legalizing recreational use of marijuana, 44 backing medical use only, while 19 percent said it shouldn’t be legalized at all. New York joined other states that have legalized medical marijuana earlier this year. Recreational pot was legalized this year in Washington and Colorado, making them the first states to allow such form of usage.

The survey involved calling 1,034 registered voters in the state of New York from August 14 to 17. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com