A new poll suggests opposition to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas is increasing in New York, with the strongest opposition coming north of New York City’s suburbs.
The Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist College survey found 47 percent of New York adults “generally oppose” fracking in the Marcellus Shale, up eight percentage points from the last time Marist polled the issue in March. A total of 37 percent support it, which was unchanged from March.
Upstate, opposition to fracking increased to 53 percent, while support was at 39 percent. On Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley, those polled were split — 41 percent opposed, 38 percent supportive.
Public-opinion polls in New York have long showed essentially a split on large-scale fracking, which has been on hold in the state since 2008. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said a decision on fracking will come before Election Day 2014, though his health commissioner has said as far back as January this his review would be completed within weeks.
The poll was cheered by New Yorkers Against Fracking, which has pushed for a ban on the technique.
“Today’s poll shows that New Yorkers from every region are concerned about the threats of poisonous water contamination and air pollution from fracking,” Alex Beauchamp, of Food & Water Watch, said in a statement. “Governor Cuomo must join the growing number of New Yorkers and say no to fracking.”
Here’s the relevant portion of the Marist poll, which carries a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points: