There have been 3 polls that asked NY voters their opinions about hydrofracking released recently. The latest was a NY-1/YNN-Marist College Poll. Previously, Sienna College and Quinnipiac University also released polls on the subject.
In any poll, how the question is asked can have an impact on the results, and there is a margin of error. So, the differences in the polls are not too surprising. All three show clearly that NYers are divided on the subject, and that a large number of voters don’t consider themselves very well-informed about it.
The Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin has a good article comparing the polls. It includes this quote:
That means there’s no easy way out on the issue for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose administration will have the final say over whether New York moves forward with the drilling.
“I think it’s an issue in flux,” Siena pollster Steve Greenberg said. “I think people’s views may change as they hear the arguments from both supporters and opponents, both from the financial point of view and the environmental point of view.”
It will be interesting to see how voters’ opinions move over time.