- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A poll has found that New York voters support Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban shale gas development using high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg says Tuesday that between 55 and 61 percent of voters from every region of the state support the fracking ban, while about a third of upstate voters oppose the ban.

Greenberg says he can’t explain why, after four or five years of polls showing New Yorkers almost evenly split over fracking, they now support 2-to-1 Cuomo’s decision to ban it.

Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced on Dec. 17 that he will ban fracking based on recommendations from Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.

The poll of 802 registered voters conducted Jan. 11-to-15 has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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