In a Siena College poll last month, support for hydrofracking in parts of upstate tied its high: 42 percent to 36 percent said they favored it.
Today’s Siena College poll, however, showed an eight percentage point swing: 44 percent opposed it to 40 percent that supported it. And that was a high in terms of opposition since Siena started asking the question last May.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was unswayed today by the swaying of the polls. Essentially, it’s a divisive issue, he suggested.
“It’s not going to be a decision made on the polling data,” Cuomo said today on the Capitol Pressroom, a public radio show. Cuomo said the health review on hydrofracking, which is expected to end next month, is continuing.
Hydrofracking has been on hold in New York since 2008.
Anti-frackers said the Siena poll today showed a shift in public sentiment. The largest opposition—51 percent—came from upstate, the poll said.
“As New Yorkers break through the gas industry’s multi-million dollar propaganda campaign and learn the truth about fracking, they oppose it,” said New Yorkers Against Fracking in a statement.
The state’s Petroleum Council said the polls really haven’t changed much, saying that on Election Day, pro-fracking candidates were elected across the Southern Tier.
“Creating jobs, generating millions in revenues for local schools and the state, and saving family farms and lifting whole communities—those are facts that makes safe natural gas development the inevitable choice for New York,” said the group’s executive director, Karen Moreau.