Thirty-three percent (33%) of voters nationwide favor a complete ban on the oil drilling process known as fracking while 41% are opposed. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 19% are not sure and 7% have never heard of fracking.
A ban on fracking is supported by 36% of Democrats, 35% of Independents, and 28% of Republicans (see crosstab results).
The survey also found that
- 49% mistakenly believe fracking is a new technology developed in the 21st century.
- 61% recognize that if fracking is banned, the United States would again be dependent on imports from other countries to meet our energy requirements.
- 59% understand that a ban on fracking would significantly increase the cost of gas and oil in the United States.
- 56% are aware that fracking techniques provide a majority of all-natural gas and crude oil produced in the United States.
Data released earlier showed that 38% of voters favor a proposal to ban all fossil fuel imports and exports such as oil and gas. Sixty-two percent (62%) are opposed.
That survey found that 55% supported “banning fracking, a type of oil mining, and all new offshore drilling leases.” It seems likely that the inclusion of a reference to offshore drilling accounts for the apparently higher level of support for a ban. Additionally, that earlier survey did not allow options for “not sure” or “never heard of it.”
Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide think it’s likely nuclear power plants could be developed to operate in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. However, opinions are mixed on whether we should actually build such plants.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted September 5-6, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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