The number of Americans who oppose hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is up 11 percent, from 40 percent to 51 percent in a one-year span, a newly released Gallup poll found.
Gallup’s 2016 environment survey, conducted March 2 through 6, found Americans have a clearer position on fracking than they did a year ago,. In 2015, 40 percent said they favored fracking and an equal amount said they opposed it. Another 19 percent said they had no opinion or knew little about it. In 2015, support for fracking slipped to 36 percent and opposition climbed to 51 percent.
The poll found the sharpest decline in support comes from Republicans, from 66 percent support in 2015 to 55 percent in 2016. Republican support still exceeds support by independents (34 percent) and Democrats (25 percent).
“The percentage of Americans with no opinion has dropped to 13 percent, perhaps as the term becomes more commonplace in the culture, or as the media has more extensively covered the arguments for and against fracking,” Gallup’s Art Swift said in the poll analysis.