A Siena poll today showed an increase in opposition to hydraulic fracturing.
Forty-five percent of voters in the poll said they opposed fracking, and 37 percent said they supported it. It was the largest “anti-fracking sentiment ever in a Siena College poll,” pollster Steven Greenberg said.
Last month, opposition was 42 percent to 41 percent — consistent with polls in recent years that showed New York are usually split on the controversial issue.
New York has had a de facto moratorium on fracking since 2008. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to decide whether to move forward with fracking, particularly in the gas-rich Southern Tier.
Greenberg said there are geographical splits on fracking opinions. The largest support was 46 percent in the New York City suburbs; the largest opposition was 52 percent upstate.
“A majority of upstaters and Democrats, and a plurality of independents and New York City voters oppose fracking, which is supported by
a plurality of Republicans and downstate suburbanites. Men narrowly support it; women more strongly oppose it,” Greenberg said.