Chenango County residents favor local zoning ordinances to govern hydrofracking, according to an independent poll commissioned by The Chenango-Delaware-Otsego Gas Drilling Opposition Group.*
C-DOG released the results of its poll, carried out by Pulse Opinion Research of Arlington, Texas, last week. Of the 350 Chenango County residents surveyed, the county was evenly split on the question, “Do you support or oppose natural gas extraction by means of hydraulic fracking in your town?,” with 47 percent supporting and 47 percent opposed.
Forty-eight percent of those surveyed support local zoning ordinances to restrict the industry, with 38 percent responding that they oppose them, and 14 percent were unsure.
Complete poll results are at http://un-naturalgas.org/Crosstabs_20120624_Fracking_Chenango%20Co%20NY.pdf.
An earlier poll conducted by Public Policy Polling of Raleigh, N.C., surveyed 1,356 voters in Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Steuben and Tioga counties, and found that 44 percent of those surveyed supported moratoriums on fracking, while 41 percent opposed them. Fifteen percent said they were not sure.
This poll can be seen at http://un-naturalgas.org/PPPFIVE.pdf.
*Editor's note: This story was revised at 10:20 a.m. July 10 to correct information about the sources of the poll data.