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Despite Attention, Public's Opinion on Fracking Doesn't Budge

Albany Bureau -- -- The hot-button issue has spurred rallies, full-page advertisements, plenty of radio and television spots and too many headlines to count.

Despite all of it, the public's opinion of hydraulic fracturing in New York has barely budged.

A Quinnipiac University poll released this week found 44 percent of New York voters oppose drilling for natural gas in the resource-rich Marcellus Shale region, compared to 43 percent in favor -- an even split given the slight margin of error.

Since August 2011, the shift has only been by no more than four percentage points, with various Siena College surveys finding a similarly consistent split.

"Whether it's a Quinnipiac poll or a Siena poll, every time I've seen the question asked -- no matter how you ask the question -- New Yorkers are virtually evenly


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2012 4:57:30 AM

bulbous: maybe melt snow (if it snows...)?
BM4225
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2012 5:40:54 AM

Just do it carefully.
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:46:21 PM


AMEN, Bulbous! Not a bad idea!
bulbous
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:59:02 AM

let the dirty frackers dump their waste water in your kitchen sink.i hope you get your well polluted by fracking so you can hook up your water pipes to your furnace this winter.although i don't know what you'll do for water.
leemun
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:42:10 AM

My former post on this article has disappeared (censorship, anyone?)
My take on this is that there is an urban/rural divide on this issue. Policy makers have banned fracking in New York based on environmental scare tactics which are not borne out by scientific evidence, to the detriment of people in rural areas of NY who are in deep financial trouble, while a few miles away across the state line, gas development has been the solution to the crisis in Pennsylvania. The radical environmental position, however, seems to get a lot of traction in non-rural areas, which, in New York, are home to a huge majority of the population. A good look at the junk science behind the anti-fracking zealots can be found at http://www.aednet.org/aednews/index_full_story.cfm?id=10928637
RogerB
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:04:53 AM

Frack on
RogerB
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:04:32 AM

Frack on
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 9:56:25 AM

interesting
dancygreen
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 9:15:43 AM

hmmmm
Jebeahm
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 8:13:07 AM

As jimmy B said Only time will tell
sljbc475
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:43:43 AM

Retrieve the natural gas without polluting the groundwater.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:35:30 AM

truth in industry is a rare commodity and we know the greenies have never lied to us before !
OldMan322
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:31:06 AM

"rocket_ron" Yes, maybe
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:30:40 AM

rocket ron sums it up nicely.
W4YAH
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:29:20 AM

rocket ron sums it up nicely.
rocket_ron
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:24:17 AM

Maybe public opinion would change if we could get the real facts about fracking instead of biased bits and pieces to promote either sides agenda. The public is generally going to be against something they don't fully understand.
miser73
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:22:34 AM

Too many unknowns for people to figure it out, uncertainty breeds fear, and fear defeats logic.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:21:35 AM

maxcap59 - said "Don't know that I believe these two polls anyway. Too many variables. Besides, I'm old enough to form my own opinions without some liberal pollster trying to steer me. The difference is I usually try to use facts to formulate an opinion, not political rhetoric and idealism." The only thing I can add to this I am almost to old to form any opinion. Kind of like every day is Saturday then the weekend comes.
UncaLar
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:20:28 AM

Both sides are probably stretching things... though it's obvious fracking is terrible for the environment.
dieselfiendSC
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:20:19 AM

Then let them supply their own energy to heat their homes this winter.
badbonita
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:20:10 AM

There are two quotes that I think of with this situation:

Donald Gannon - 'Where facts are few, experts are many.'

and one attributed to Albert Einstein - 'If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.'
cehend
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:17:48 AM

More research needs to be done to on the topic of fracking. With more research people's minds will change.
survken
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:15:42 AM

I can't tell which side is telling the truth, if either are.
Tnerbeel
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:14:42 AM

The technology and use is not new, it's just the crusade from the greenies that is.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:13:55 AM

do it safely
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:10:52 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:10:00 AM

And what's new?..................
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:08:26 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:08:26 AM

ok
berniMI
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:07:26 AM

I need to do more research, and I think everyone does on this one!
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:07:20 AM

just make sure they don't screw up the potable water supply. we can't drink gas
nerde
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:07:10 AM

Frack baby frack, what could go wrong?
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:07:05 AM

just be mindful of safety
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:06:33 AM

It's all about money!
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:06:30 AM

Some people cannot be confused with facts. They already have an unfounded opinion based on fear.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:05:53 AM

Can't believe anything your told.
krobp46
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:05:40 AM

Ok
maxcap59
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:05:34 AM

Don't know that I believe these two polls anyway. Too many variables.
Besides, I'm old enough to form my own opinions without some liberal pollster trying to steer me. The difference is I usually try to use facts to formulate an opinion, not political rhetoric and idealism.
Showmebuddy
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:05:27 AM

just the facts please
Rick52
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:05:16 AM

I guess it depends on who you talk to ??
But it is not as bad as they are claiming..
SUPPER
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:05:14 AM

Nobama
deerslayer5
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:05:04 AM

Ok
teegeesp
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:04:57 AM

Hmm
diegotoad
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:04:37 AM

Gee...people not changing their minds regardless of any new data. What a shock.
Buck_on_Bass
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:03:39 AM

It seems those that can gain from drilling support it while those that will not gain oppose it.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:03:19 AM

ok
Cableman66
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:02:54 AM

Kind of makes you wonder if the glass is half full or half empty. History books will have plenty written about the issue in the future. So until then just keep on drilling.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:02:38 AM

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Chitowner
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:02:16 AM

look natural gas is in now deal with the problems
JCI46009IN
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:02:16 AM

NO FRACKING WAY EVER !!!!!!!
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ok
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