Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Ohio voters, 72% – 23%, want a halt to hydro-fracking until more studies

CLEVELAND — Ohio voters support, by 72% – 23%, a halt to hydro-fracking in Ohio until studies of its consequences are done. These are the results of a Quinnipiac University public opinion poll released today. The question posed was, “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?” Overall, 72% of respondents replied that it was a good idea, with 23% saying it was a bad idea, and 5% said they didn’t know, or did not answer. The majority support for a halt crossed all lines, including political party, sex, skin color, education, age, income, and previous knowledge of the issue.  For no subgroup was support less than 63% (Republicans), and the highest was 78% (Democrats). In politics, any result of 60% or more is called a “landslide.”

Paul Ryder, Ohio Citizen Action

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