10:09 a.m. | Feb. 12, 2014 in Capital
New York State voters oppose fracking, 45 to 41 percent, in a Quinnipiac poll released on Wednesday morning, while more than a third say Cuomo is "dragging his feet" on a decision.
Among voters upstate, where high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale could create jobs, 46 percent support fracking, compared to 45 percent who oppose it. Suburban voters also support drilling, by a 44 to 40 percent margin.
But New York City residents oppose fracking, 48 to 35 percent.
The overall opinion on drilling hasn't changed much over the past year, with Quinnipiac results fluctuating within just a couple of points since March 2013.
Cuomo has indefinitely postponed a decision on whether to lift a moratorium on drilling, and 35 percent of voters in the survey said he is “dragging his feet.” That number has risen 10 points since December of 2012, though it's down from a high of 39 percent, when Quinnipiac asked the question in November.
Just 23 percent think the governor is “carefully evaluating the issue.”
Upstate, the numbers are more stark, with 45 percent agreeing the governor is delaying the decision, and 24 percent who feel he is still evaluating.