June 6, 2014 - Pennsylvania Voters Back Fracking, But Not In Parks, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Corbett's Park Fracking Order Hurts Him
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Citing economic benefits over environmental concerns, Pennsylvania voters support 58 - 33 percent drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Except for Democrats, who oppose drilling 48 - 41 percent, there is support among all partisan, gender and age groups, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Support by region ranges from 48 - 43 percent in the Philadelphia suburbs to 70 - 23 percent in the northwest corner of the state.

Pennsylvania voters oppose 57 - 36 percent, however, Gov. Tom Corbett's executive order allowing drilling for natural gas under state parks and forests.

There is a wide gender gap as women oppose the measure 65 - 26 percent, while men are divided 47 - 48 percent. Voters in northwest Pennsylvania support drilling in the parks 53 - 44 percent, while voters in every other region are opposed.

Republicans support drilling in parks 58 - 38 percent, with opposition at 71 - 20 percent among Democrats and 58 - 35 percent among independent voters.

"Pennsylvanians are generally willing on drilling, but it depends on where, drawing the line at state parks and forest land," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Because of Gov. Corbett's executive order, 39 percent of Pennsylvania voters are less likely to vote for him, with 13 percent more likely and 46 percent who say it won't affect their vote.

From May 29 - June 2, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,308 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 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, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

41. Some people say there should be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the economic benefits. Others say there should not be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Drilling             58%    79%    41%    58%    70%    48%    53%    55%    63%    60%
No drilling          33     15     48     33     25     40     42     38     28     28
DK/NA                 9      6     12      8      5     12      5      7      9     12
 
                     AREA...........................................
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Drilling             53%    50%    51%    48%    70%    63%    68%
No drilling          39     36     40     43     23     27     25
DK/NA                 8     15      9      9      7     11      7
 
TREND: Some people say there should be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the economic benefits. Others say there should not be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view?
                     Jun 06  Sep 29  Aug 03  Jun 14
                     2014    2011    2011    2011
 
Drilling             58      62      59      63
No drilling          33      30      32      30
DK/NA                 9       8       8       7
 
 
42. Governor Corbett has issued an executive order that would allow drilling for natural gas under state parks and forests. Do you support or oppose allowing drilling for natural gas under state parks and forests?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              36%    58%    20%    35%    47%    26%    31%    35%    35%    40%
Oppose               57     38     71     58     48     65     65     60     58     49
DK/NA                 7      4      9      7      4      9      4      5      7     11
 
                     AREA...........................................
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Support              36%    23%    31%    29%    53%    44%    40%
Oppose               57     61     62     67     44     51     53
DK/NA                 8     16      7      4      4      5      7
 
 
43. Does Corbett's executive order make you more likely to vote for him, less likely, or doesn't it make a difference?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
More likely          13%    23%     5%    11%    16%     9%    11%    13%    11%    13%
Less likely          39     19     55     39     33     44     47     41     37     33
No difference        46     57     37     47     50     43     41     44     50     49
DK/NA                 2      1      3      3      1      4      1      2      1      5
 
                     AREA...........................................
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
More likely          20%     4%     8%    13%    20%    16%    11%
Less likely          39     42     45     42     32     37     35
No difference        38     47     46     43     48     45     52
DK/NA                 2      7      1      2      1      2      2
 
 

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