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Poll: NYers Concerned About Climate Change, Split on Fracking

Posted By Jon Campbell On December 13, 2012 @ 10:35 am In Other | Comments Disabled

About two-thirds of New York voters think businesses and homes destroyed by Superstorm Sandy should be rebuilt under stricter building codes, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

Quinnipiac University found 65 percent said those who are rebuilding should be held to a new standard to help to prevent damage from future storms, while 23 percent said property owners should be able to rebuild as they were before and 8 percent said they shouldn’t be able to rebuild at all.

“Most New York State voters say there should be tougher building standards,” Maurice Carroll, Quinnipiac pollster, said in a statement. “Voters on Long Island and in New York City, the areas hardest hit, support stricter codes.”

A total of 74 percent of those polled said they are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” by climate change, though just 45 percent said they think it is to blame for Sandy.

On other topics:


  • Unsurprisingly, New Yorkers were split on hydrofracking, the controversial technique used to help recover natural gas. Forty-four percent said they support fracking, while 42 percent said they were opposed. When asked about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision-making process, 26 percent said he was “carefully evaluating” the issue, 25 percent said he’s “dragging his feet” and 44 percent said they had no opinion.

  • Support was high for an increase in the state’s $7.25-an-hour minimum wage. Eighty percent said they support an unspecified increase, compared to 18 percent opposed.

  • 51 percent said they support legalizing the use of marijuana. 44 percent said they don’t.


According to Quinnipiac, 1,302 New York voters were polled between Dec. 5 and 10. The poll carries a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.


Below, you can watch Carroll discuss the results, followed by the poll itself:

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