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New York Fracking Poll Reveals Empire State Voters Are Almost Evenly Divided On Gas Drilling

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NEW YORK FRACKING POLL
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, demonstrate as they sit in the audience as Dr. Nirav Shah, commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, testifies before a joint budget hearing on health and medicaid on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) | AP

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A poll shows New York voters nearly evenly divided on natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

The Siena Research Institute poll released Monday says voters statewide were split 40-40 percent when asked if the Department of Environmental Conservation should lift a 4 ½-year-old moratorium on fracking. The remaining 20 percent had no opinion. In the Southern Tier region where drilling would most likely start, the poll showed 48 percent opposed and 47 percent favored lifting the ban.

The poll found opponents of fracking were far more passionate in their positions than supporters were.

The agency has a Feb. 27 deadline to complete fracking regulations or let them expire.

The telephone poll conducted Jan. 27-31 surveyed 1,154 registered voters and has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.

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