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Support for fracking reflects upstate/downstate divide

A poll released this morning by Quinnipiac University showed a plurality of those polled support hydrofracking as an economic boon, not seeing it as an ecological peril, by a 47–42 percent margin. Support, however, is largely divided by familiar geographic lines, as 51 percent of upstate and 52 percent of suburban voters support drilling, compared to only 38 percent in New York City.

While New Yorkers support the economic benefits, the majority of those polled--52 percent--believed hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale will cause environmental damage.

"Drill for the jobs, New Yorkers say, even though they’re worried about the environmental effects of hydro-fracking," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a statement. "And while we’re drilling for natural gas, let’s tax those drilling companies, voters say 59–29 percent. Even Republicans support this tax."

The poll was conducted August 3 – 8. 1,640 registered voters were surveyed. Poll results had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.