January 19, 2012 - Ohio Voters Divided On Fetal Heartbeat Bill, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Say 3-1 Stop Hydro-Fracking Until More Study

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Ohio voters are divided 45 - 46 percent in their support for a bill before the State Legislature that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Republicans support the measure 63 - 31 percent, while Democrats are opposed by a mirror-image 62 - 30 percent, with independent voters split 47 - 46 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. There is no gender or age gap.

Support for the bill drops as income increases, going from 49 - 43 percent in favor among those making less than $30,000 per year, to 52 - 43 percent opposed among those making more than $100,000. White voters with a college degree oppose the measure 56 - 37 percent while white voters without a degree support it 51 - 41 percent. White Catholics support the measure 54 - 36 percent and white Protestants back it 53 - 40 percent.

The economic benefits of drilling for natural gas outweigh environmental concerns, Ohio voters say 64 - 29 percent. Voters say 85 - 11 percent that drilling will create jobs in Ohio.

But voters say 72 - 23 percent stop hydro-fracking until there are further studies on its impact. Support for the shutdown is strong among all groups. Voters say 43 - 16 percent that hydro-fracking will damage the environment, with 40 percent who don't know.

"Abortion remains perhaps the most divisive issue in the nation and there is an almost even split among Ohio voters over the fetal heartbeat bill," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Despite a partisan split over the issue, where Republicans support the measure 2-1 while Democrats oppose it 2-1, lower income voters, who tend to be Democrats, support the bill while high-income voters, who tend to be Republican, oppose it."

Fifty percent of Ohio voters say abortion should be legal in all or most cases while 44 percent say it should be illegal in all or most cases.

"Ohio votes are conflicted on hydro-fracking. They recognize the economic value of drilling for fossil fuels in the state, but are worried about potential environmental risks of the specific technique - hydro-fracking," Brown added.

U.S. Senate Race

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown holds a 47 - 32 percent reelection lead over Republican Josh Mandel, compared to 49 - 34 percent the last time the Quinnipiac University poll surveyed this race October 26.

Brown carries Democrats 86 - 2 percent and independent voters 44 - 27 percent, but loses Republicans 74 - 10 percent. A number of other measures explain the incumbent's lead.

Brown is viewed favorably 42 - 26 percent, while 69 percent of Ohio voters have not heard enough about Mandel to form an opinion. Brown gets a 47 - 34 percent job approval from the voters, who by an almost identical 48 - 33 percent margin say he deserves another term in the Senate.

"Sen. Sherrod Brown is in good shape for reelection, but 30 percent of voters say they don't have an opinion about him, and an even greater number say the same thing about his challenger. Mandel is pretty much an unknown to most Ohio votes and the race will be determined by whether Mandel's ability to fill in the blanks in voters' minds positively exceeds Brown's ability to do so about him negatively," said Quinnipiac's Peter Brown, who is not related to the candidate.

Gov. John Kasich has a negative 39 - 48 percent job approval rating, little changed from his negative 38 - 50 percent score in October.

On another legislative matter, voters support 68 - 28 percent a ban on private ownership of exotic animals in the state. Support is strong among all groups.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has a 39 - 25 percent job approval rating.

From January 9 - 16, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,610 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

12. If the election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Sherrod Brown the Democrat and Josh Mandel the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Brown                47%    10%    86%    44%    47%    46%    42%    83%
Mandel               32     74      2     27     36     29     36      5
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      1      1      -      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      4      2      2      3      -
DK/NA                18     14     10     24     14     22     19     12
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Brown                50%    45%    49%    46%    44%    51%    48%    46%    46%
Mandel               36     31     29     33     38     25     33     36     42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      1      -      -      -      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      3      2      2      3      2      3      2      1
DK/NA                12     21     20     18     15     22     15     16     11
 
TREND: If the election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Sherrod Brown the Democrat and Josh Mandel the Republican, for whom would you vote? (2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     Jan 19  Oct 26  Sep 28  Jul 21  May 19
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Brown                47      49      49      49      45
Mandel               32      34      36      34      31
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       1       1       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       1       2       1
DK/NA                18      14      13      14      21
 
 
13. Is your opinion of - Sherrod Brown favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            42%    16%    70%    40%    42%    42%    39%    61%
Unfavorable          26     54      6     23     31     22     29     10
Hvn't hrd enough     30     28     23     35     25     34     30     27
REFUSED               2      2      1      2      2      2      2      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Favorable            46%    40%    41%    44%    41%    40%    45%    45%    46%
Unfavorable          34     23     22     32     28     15     27     35     33
Hvn't hrd enough     19     34     37     21     29     42     26     19     20
REFUSED               1      2      1      3      2      3      3      2      -
 
 
14. Is your opinion of - Josh Mandel favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            17%    35%     4%    15%    19%    15%    18%     8%
Unfavorable          13      4     24     10     16     10     12     20
Hvn't hrd enough     69     61     72     74     64     74     70     70
REFUSED               1      1      -      1      1      1      1      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Favorable            21%    15%    16%    19%    17%    13%    17%    20%    24%
Unfavorable          18     11     11     15     14     10     13     14     20
Hvn't hrd enough     60     73     73     65     68     76     70     65     55
REFUSED               -      1      -      2      1      2      -      -      -
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Kasich is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              39%    68%    17%    37%    43%    35%    41%    25%
Disapprove           48     22     72     47     47     48     46     55
DK/NA                13      9     12     16     10     16     13     20
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              39%    39%    38%    39%    42%    37%    33%    46%    39%
Disapprove           54     45     47     52     43     44     51     50     50
DK/NA                 7     16     15      9     16     19     15      4     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Kasich is handling his job as Governor? (*Low also 30% Jan 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 19  Dec 08  Nov 10  Oct 25  Sep 27  Sep 27  Mar 23
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              39      38      36      36      40      40      30
Disapprove           48      50      51      52      49      49      46
DK/NA                13      12      13      12      11      11      23
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              32%    54%    19%    28%    37%    27%    32%    29%
Disapprove           49     27     65     52     49     48     48     53
DK/NA                19     18     16     21     14     25     20     18
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              35%    31%    31%    33%    32%    31%    32%    33%    35%
Disapprove           54     47     50     51     42     45     49     53     53
DK/NA                11     23     18     17     26     25     19     14     12
 
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 19  Jun 29  Apr 29  Mar 31  Feb 23  Dec 10  Dec 12
                     2012    2010    2010    2010    2010    2008    2006
 
Approve              32      33      35      34      31      46      25
Disapprove           49      47      47      46      51      35      55
DK/NA                19      20      19      20      19      19      20
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Rob Portman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              39%    61%    24%    36%    44%    33%    40%    28%
Disapprove           25     12     38     23     27     23     25     31
DK/NA                36     27     38     41     28     44     35     42
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              42%    37%    36%    39%    44%    32%    38%    42%    48%
Disapprove           26     25     27     26     19     25     23     24     28
DK/NA                32     38     38     34     37     42     39     34     24
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Rob Portman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Jan 19  Oct 25  Sep 27  Jul 21  May 19  Mar 24  Jan 20
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              39      38      41      40      38      30      34
Disapprove           25      26      23      21      21      25      16
DK/NA                36      36      35      39      41      45      51
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sherrod Brown is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              47%    25%    72%    46%    45%    49%    44%    70%
Disapprove           34     59     13     34     41     27     36     17
DK/NA                19     17     14     21     14     23     20     13
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              51%    46%    48%    47%    47%    48%    45%    49%    51%
Disapprove           36     33     30     38     34     26     37     37     38
DK/NA                13     21     22     14     19     26     18     14     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sherrod Brown is handling his job as United States Senator? (* High also 52% May 2009)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 19  Oct 26  Sep 28  Jul 21  May 19  Sep 28  Jul 07
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2009
 
Approve              47      50      52      49      49      52      41
Disapprove           34      30      31      30      30      31      29
DK/NA                19      20      18      21      21      18      30
 
 
27. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Ohio today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very satisfied        4%     4%     5%     2%     2%     5%     2%    13%
Smwht satisfied      37     51     35     31     39     36     37     45
Smwht dissatisfied   36     31     35     40     37     35     37     22
Very dissatisfied    22     13     25     26     21     24     23     19
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Very satisfied        2%     4%     3%     3%     6%     5%     3%     3%     3%
Smwht satisfied      37     38     37     34     42     35     32     38     41
Smwht dissatisfied   40     34     39     36     31     35     39     37     35
Very dissatisfied    21     23     20     26     20     24     25     21     19
DK/NA                 -      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Ohio today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? (*Low also 29% Mar 2011)
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 19  Oct 25  Sep 27  Jul 20  May 18  Mar 21  Oct 25
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2007    2011*
 
Very satisfied        4       3       3       3       3       5       3
Smwht satisfied      37      26      31      31      30      49      26
Smwht dissatisfied   36      34      32      32      32      28      34
Very dissatisfied    22      37      32      32      35      16      37
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
29. Do you feel that Sherrod Brown deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Deserves         48%    23%    75%    46%    47%    49%    44%    74%
No/Does not          33     59     10     33     40     27     36     10
DK/NA                19     18     15     20     13     25     20     16
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes/Deserves         49%    47%    50%    47%    46%    52%    45%    49%    49%
No/Does not          37     31     28     37     36     24     36     38     37
DK/NA                14     21     22     15     19     24     19     13     14
 
TREND: Do you feel that Sherrod Brown deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected? (2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     Jan 19  Oct 26  Sep 28  Jul 21  May 19  Mar 24  Jan 20
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Yes/Deserves         48      48      50      47      49      45      45
No/Does not          33      31      34      33      31      30      30
DK/NA                19      20      16      20      20      25      25
 
 
30. Regardless of how you feel about John Kasich's policies, would you say you like or don't like John Kasich as a person?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Like                 41%    70%    20%    42%    49%    34%    43%    31%
Don't Like           29     10     49     26     28     30     29     29
DK/NA                30     20     31     32     23     36     28     41
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Like                 42%    41%    39%    41%    47%    37%    41%    47%    46%
Don't Like           37     26     27     34     26     28     27     30     35
DK/NA                21     34     35     25     28     35     31     23     19
 
 
31. And regardless of how you feel about John Kasich as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of John Kasich's policies?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Like                 35%    69%     8%    32%    42%    28%    37%    13%
Don't Like           50     21     79     50     47     53     48     66
DK/NA                15     10     13     18     11     19     14     22
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Like                 38%    33%    30%    36%    40%    27%    33%    40%    38%
Don't Like           55     48     50     54     47     51     53     51     51
DK/NA                 7     19     20     10     12     22     14      9     11
 
 
32. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Kasich is handling the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              33%    63%    12%    32%    41%    26%    35%    20%
Disapprove           53     27     76     53     48     58     52     61
DK/NA                13     10     12     16     11     16     13     19
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              38%    31%    28%    36%    40%    27%    28%    42%    39%
Disapprove           53     53     56     56     44     53     58     51     53
DK/NA                 9     15     16      9     16     20     14      7      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Kasich is handling the state budget?
                     Jan 19  Oct 25  Sep 27  Jul 20  May 18  Mar 23
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              33      34      35      32      35      31
Disapprove           53      55      53      54      53      51
DK/NA                13      11      12      14      12      18
 
 
33. Do you think that Ohio's economy has gotten better, worse, or stayed about the same since John Kasich took office?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Better               19%    34%     9%    17%    24%    14%    20%    14%
Worse                29     15     35     30     23     34     27     35
The same             48     49     52     48     50     47     49     47
DK/NA                 4      2      4      4      3      5      4      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Better               21%    18%    14%    18%    28%    14%    21%    18%    24%
Worse                25     30     30     32     21     33     27     27     26
The same             52     47     51     46     47     47     48     53     47
DK/NA                 3      5      5      3      4      6      4      1      3
 
 
34. (If "Better" q33) Do you credit Barack Obama or John Kasich more for this change?
                     BETTER Q33.......
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Obama                15%    11%    22%
Kasich               75     80     69
NEITHER (VOL)         4      5      2
BOTH (VOL)            2      2      1
DK/NA                 4      2      6
 
 
35. (If "Worse" q33) Do you blame Barack Obama or John Kasich more for this change?
                     WORSE Q33........
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Obama                20%    19%    21%
Kasich               55     59     53
NEITHER (VOL)        13     11     14
BOTH (VOL)            7      9      6
DK/NA                 5      3      7
 
 
36. Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Legal all cases      17%     7%    24%    20%    17%    18%    17%    19%
Legal most cases     33     22     45     31     33     32     32     39
Illegal most cases   28     42     15     28     30     25     29     18
Illegal all cases    16     25     10     13     13     18     16     14
DK/NA                 6      4      5      7      6      6      6     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Legal all cases      21%    16%    21%    16%    13%    18%    13%    20%    21%
Legal most cases     38     30     34     35     27     32     40     37     31
Illegal most cases   25     29     28     27     29     26     25     27     32
Illegal all cases    10     18     14     13     24     19     16     11     12
DK/NA                 5      7      4      9      6      6      6      4      5
 
                     WHITE...................
                                   BrnAgnEv
                     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Legal all cases      12%    12%     7%    17%
Legal most cases     30     29     20     35
Illegal most cases   35     31     41     28
Illegal all cases    19     21     28     13
DK/NA                 5      7      3      7
 
 
37. There is a bill before the state legislature that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, usually six to eight weeks into pregnancy. Do you support or oppose this bill?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              45%    63%    30%    47%    45%    45%    46%    40%
Oppose               46     31     62     46     46     46     46     51
DK/NA                 8      7      8      7      8      8      8      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Support              37%    49%    45%    45%    46%    49%    45%    42%    43%
Oppose               56     43     48     46     45     43     46     52     52
DK/NA                 7      9      7      8      9      9      8      6      5
 
                     WHITE...................
                                   BrnAgnEv
                     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Support              53%    54%    67%    43%
Oppose               40     36     26     48
DK/NA                 7     10      7      9
 
 
38. There is a proposal in the state legislature to ban private ownership of exotic animals. Do you support or oppose this proposal?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              68%    69%    73%    64%    62%    73%    69%    61%
Oppose               28     26     23     32     33     22     26     35
DK/NA                 5      5      5      4      5      5      5      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Support              76%    64%    67%    69%    66%    61%    74%    72%    72%
Oppose               19     31     29     27     26     34     21     23     25
DK/NA                 5      5      4      4      7      5      4      5      3
 
                     WHITE...................
                                   BrnAgnEv
                     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Support              70%    68%    71%    70%
Oppose               24     26     24     26
DK/NA                 6      6      6      4
 
 
39. Some people say there should be drilling for natural gas and oil in Ohio because of the potential economic benefits, others say there should not be drilling for natural gas and oil in Ohio because of the potential environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Drilling             64%    83%    49%    64%    71%    58%    66%    44%
No drilling          29     13     42     30     24     33     27     43
DK/NA                 7      4      9      6      5      9      6     12
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Drilling             61%    66%    62%    66%    67%    62%    64%    68%    65%
No drilling          32     27     34     27     20     30     30     28     29
DK/NA                 7      7      5      7     13      8      6      5      6
 
                     HEARD OF HYDRO-FRKNG Q41
                     Yes    No
 
Drilling             64%    65%
No drilling          31     26
DK/NA                 5      9
 
 
40. Do you think that drilling for natural gas and oil in Ohio will create jobs or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  85%    93%    82%    83%    89%    82%    86%    80%
No                   11      5     14     14     10     13     11     14
DK/NA                 3      2      4      3      2      5      3      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes                  85%    85%    86%    84%    86%    83%    87%    88%    83%
No                   12     11     12     13      9     14      9     10     14
DK/NA                 3      4      2      3      5      4      3      2      3
 
                     HEARD OF HYDRO-FRKNG Q41
                     Yes    No
 
Yes                  84%    87%
No                   13      9
DK/NA                 3      3
 
 
41. Have you heard or read anything about hydro-fracking?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  59%    64%    54%    62%    70%    48%    63%    28%
No                   40     35     45     38     29     51     36     68
DK/NA                 1      1      2      -      1      1      1      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes                  78%    51%    49%    68%    64%    37%    64%    74%    78%
No                   22     48     50     31     35     61     35     26     22
DK/NA                 -      1      1      1      2      2      1      -      -
 
 
42. Energy companies want to practice hydro-fracking in Ohio. Hydro-fracking is the process of pumping water and chemicals into the ground under high pressure to fracture rocks. This releases oil and natural gas trapped in the rocks which is then collected. Do you think hydro-fracking will cause environmental damage or not, or don't you know?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Will damage      43%    25%    56%    46%    40%    47%    43%    46%
No/Won't damage      16     28      9     15     24      9     17     10
Don't Know           40     46     35     39     35     44     40     44
REFUSED               1      1      -      -      1      -      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes/Will damage      47%    42%    46%    45%    34%    44%    46%    45%    45%
No/Won't damage      17     16     13     19     18     13     15     17     22
Don't Know           35     42     40     36     47     42     39     38     32
REFUSED               1      1      1      -      1      1      -      1      -
 
                     HEARD OF HYDRO-FRKNG Q41
                     Yes    No
 
Yes/Will damage      46%    39%
No/Won't damage      23      6
Don't Know           30     54
REFUSED               1      -
 
 
43. Some people have proposed halting hydro-fracking in Ohio until further studies are done on its impact. Do you think that is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good idea            72%    63%    78%    74%    67%    76%    74%    65%
Bad idea             23     31     17     22     29     17     22     25
DK/NA                 5      5      5      4      4      7      5     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Good idea            74%    71%    75%    69%    70%    73%    73%    77%    67%
Bad idea             24     23     21     26     23     22     23     20     29
DK/NA                 3      6      5      5      7      6      5      3      4
 
                     HEARD OF HYDRO-FRKNG Q41
                     Yes    No
 
Good idea            71%    73%
Bad idea             26     18
DK/NA                 3      9
 

Demographic Summary