Poll: NY voters oppose fracking 45-to-37 percent

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October 1, 2013

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - The latest Siena College poll shows 45 percent of New York voters oppose hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and 37 percent support it. That compares to 42 percent opposed and 41 percent in favor last month.

Spokesman Steve Greenberg says Monday that the poll showed "the largest anti-hydrofracking sentiment ever in a Siena poll." Greenberg says a majority of upstate residents and Democrats oppose the technique. A plurality of Republicans and downstate suburbanites support it.

New York has had a moratorium on fracking since 2008. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he'll decide whether to allow it when a health review is finished.

The telephone poll of 807 registered voters was conducted last Sunday through Thursday. It has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.

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