Siena poll: New York split on hydraulic fracturing

Associated Press

Siena poll: New York split on hydraulic fracturing

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Siena College poll finds New Yorkers remain divided over hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

The survey of registered voters found that 38 percent oppose fracking and 35 percent support it. The poll was conducted just before Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced a ban on the process.

Support for fracking was highest among Republicans and in suburban areas, and lower among Democrats and residents in New York City and upstate.

The poll also showed the idea of a pay increase for state lawmakers is unpopular with voters, with 63 percent saying they oppose a raise and 28 percent supporting one. Opposition was highest upstate. The annual salary for legislators is $79,500.

The telephone survey of 639 registered voters from last Thursday through Tuesday has a 3.9 percent margin of error.

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