One Month, Fracking Support Goes Up; Another Month, It Goes Down

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In a Siena College poll last month, support for hydrofracking in parts of upstate tied its high: 42 percent to 36 percent said they favored it.

Today’s Siena College poll, however, showed an eight percentage point swing: 44 percent opposed it to 40 percent that supported it. And that was a high in terms of opposition since Siena started asking the question last May.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was unswayed today by the swaying of the polls. Essentially, it’s a divisive issue, he suggested.

“It’s not going to be a decision made on the polling data,” Cuomo said today on the Capitol Pressroom, a public radio show. Cuomo said the health review on hydrofracking, which is expected to end next month, is continuing.

Hydrofracking has been on hold in New York since 2008.

Anti-frackers said the Siena poll today showed a shift in public sentiment. The largest opposition — 51 percent — came from upstate, the poll said.

“As New Yorkers break through the gas industry’s multi-million dollar propaganda campaign and learn the truth about fracking, they oppose it,” said New Yorkers Against Fracking in a statement.

The state’s Petroleum Council said the polls really haven’t changed much, saying that on Election Day, pro-fracking candidates were elected across the Southern Tier.

“Creating jobs, generating millions in revenues for local schools and the state, and saving family farms and lifting whole communities — those are facts that makes safe natural gas development the inevitable choice for New York,” said the group’s executive director, Karen Moreau.

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