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.