Public Policy Polling is out with a new look at energy issues in New York state, finding that 78 percent of New Yorkers have at least heard about hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
The survey by the national polling company was funded by the Sierra CLub, an environmental group active on many issues within New York state.
Of the 601 New Yorkers polled by phone, 84 percent said it was “somewhat” or “very” important that the state meet its goal of having 30 percent of its energy portfolio filled by renewable resources by 2015. 87 percent said they support expanding the use of solar and wind power.
“We know that across the nation support for clean energy is high, but here in New York, nearly 9 out of 10 voters support expanding use of clean energy resources like wind and solar,” Lisa Dix, the Sierra Club’s senior New York campaign representative said in a statement. “New York’s leaders and utilities should take note: New Yorkers want clean energy.”
But some may find issues with some of the questions asked in the poll, some of which appear to be leading. A sample:
“Several of New York’s coal-fired power plants are facing financial uncertainties. For instance, some of New York’s biggest coal plants were owned by energy corporations that filed for bankruptcy. Some people say that New York State should provide a bailout for these coal plants, while others say the state should be investing in clean, renewable energy sources instead. Which is closer to your view.”
The available responses were: “NY should provide a bailout,” “NY should invest in clean energy instead,” or “not sure.”
The full poll results can be found below: