Delaware and Sullivan Cos survey residents on hydrofracking

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SULLIVAN COUNTY SURVEY

In what is believed to be the first poll to focus on New Yorkers who live in an area likely to be impacted by “fracking”, a Pulse Opinion poll reveals that 7 out of 10 Sullivan County residents do not want to see “natural gas extraction by means of hydraulic fracturing” in their town.    An even greater percent favor zoning ordinances to restrict the process.  The poll was commissioned by the not-for-profit Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy.

Bruce Ferguson, a member of the grassroots organization, said “Previous statewide polls have shown that most New Yorkers don’t think the rewards justify the risks; now we know that the great majority of people who will be directly affected by fracking want nothing to do with it.  Sullivan County residents emphatically say “No!” to fracking.”

The poll of 500 county residents was conducted between October 1st and October 3rd.  It has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.5% and a 95% level of confidence.   Residents who said they did not know enough about hydraulic fracturing to form an opinion were not included in the poll.

The questions:

Do you support natural gas extraction by means of hydraulic fracturing in your town?

27% Yes

69% No

       4% Not sure

Would you support your town enacting zoning ordinances to restrict natural gas extraction by means of hydraulic fracturing?

69% Yes

24% No

      7% Not sure

DELAWARE COUNTY RESIDENTS STRONGLY OPPOSE FRACKING , FAVOR ZONING

A Pulse Opinion Poll of 500 Delaware County residents reveals that nearly three out of four people oppose hydraulic fracturing in their town, and seven out of ten favor municipal zoning ordinances to regulate the practice.

These results are similar to those of a poll conducted in neighboring Sullivan County the preceding week.

The questions in both polls were identical:

 

Do you support natural gas extraction by means of hydraulic fracturing in your town?

                                      No              Yes            Not sure

Delaware County        72%           27%             1%

Sullivan County           69%            26%            4%  

 

Would you support your town enacting zoning ordinances to restrict natural gas extraction by means of hydraulic fracturing?

                                      Yes            No              Not sure

Delaware County         69%           27%           4%

Sullivan County            69%           24%           7%

The Delaware County poll was conducted on October 8 and 9.  The Sullivan County poll was conducted between October 1 and 3, also by Pulse Opinion Research.   The margin of sampling error in both polls is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.   Residents who said they did not know enough about hydraulic fracturing to form an opinion were excluded for the polls.

 

Both polls were commissioned by the not-for-profit Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy.  They are believed to be the first scientific polls to measure the sentiment of New Yorkers who live atop the Marcellus Shale.

 

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