83 per cent of you are against fracking, according to our poll.
83 per cent of you are against fracking, according to our poll
On Monday we asked you, on the back of a poll showing that most Brits seemed to support at least some fracking, whether you, as readers of this blog, did too.
I assumed, judging by much of our coverage of the issue, as well as based on some of the ‘below the line’ comments here, that you wouldn’t. What I didn’t expect was such a large majority against fracking.
According to our poll, which received 476 responses, almost 83 per cent of you are against fracking, compared to just under 16 per cent who support it. 16 respondents (1 per cent of the total) said they didn’t know.
Interestingly, the research that came out earlier this week which showed majority public support for fracking now looks less certain. According to the latest public opinion polling from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, 24 per cent support fracking and 24 per cent are opposed. Almost half of respondents said they were neutral on the issue.
But a closer look at previous polling – which appeared to show majority support for fracking – reveals a possible explanation as to why, for a moment at least, it looked as if the public had been won over for shale. The wording of the question appears only to extol the potential benefits of fracking, failing to inform participants of the potential pitfalls. It also, curiously, only uses the word ‘fracking’ once (click to zoom):
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