Poll: Most want Indian Point kept open, NYers split on fracking

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Forty-nine percent of those living in the Hudson Valley and New York City want to keep the Indian Point power plant want to keep the nuclear facility open, according to a new NY1/YNN-Marist poll.

From The Journal News’ Timothy O’Connor:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to close the nuclear plant, but the NY1/YNN-Marist poll found only 40 percent of people living in New York City and six counties of the Hudson Valley agree with him. Eleven percent of poll respondents were unsure.

“After all these years, this remains a highly charged issue,” said Marist College pollster Lee Miringoff. “Gov. Cuomo still has some convincing to do.”

The poll, which included responses from 306 people, was conducted late last month and released Tuesday night.

Cuomo found only slightly more backing among registered voters than the general population, according to the poll, with 42 percent of voters backing his bid to shut the plant.

Forty-eight percent of voters oppose closing Indian Point.

The poll also took a look at the issue of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, finding that New Yorkers are mostly split on the issue: 37 percent oppose it, 32 percent support it, and 31 percent are unsure.

That’s significantly different from what a Quinnipiac University poll showed earlier this week, particulary when it comes to undecided voters. That poll showed 47 percent supporting hydrofracking, 42 percent opposing and just 12 percent unsure.

Here’s the full Marist poll:

EMBARGOED_Complete August 16th, 2011 NYS Poll Release and Tables[1]

“After all these years, this remains a highly charged issue,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “Governor Cuomo still has some convincing to do.”

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