A Pulse Opinion Poll of 500 Delaware County residents reveals that nearly three out of four people oppose hydraulic fracturing in their town, and seven out of ten favor municipal zoning ordinances to regulate the practice.
These results are similar to those of a poll conducted in neighboring Sullivan County the preceding week. The questions in both polls were identical:
Do you support natural gas extraction by means of hydraulic fracturing in your town?
No Yes Not sure
Delaware County 72% 27% 1%
Sullivan County 69% 26% 4%
Would you support your town enacting zoning ordinances to restrict natural gas extraction by means of hydraulic fracturing?
Yes No Not sure
Delaware County 69% 27% 4%
Sullivan County 69% 24% 7%
The Delaware County poll was conducted on October 8 and 9. The Sullivan County poll was conducted between October 1 and 3, also by Pulse Opinion Research. The margin of sampling error in both polls is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Residents who said they did not know enough about hydraulic fracturing to form an opinion were excluded for the polls.
Both polls were commissioned by the not-for-profit Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy. They are believed to be the first scientific polls to measure the sentiment of New Yorkers who live atop the Marcellus Shale.