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Poll finds NYers divided on gas well technology

POUGHKEEPSIE — A new poll finds New Yorkers divided on the issue of hydraulic fracturing, a controversial technology used to get natural gas flowing into wells drilled in deep shale formations.

Environmental groups warn that the practice could contaminate water supplies. Supporters say the gas-drilling industry has a good safety record and creates jobs while making the U.S. less dependent on foreign oil.

A NY1/YNN-Marist Poll released Tuesday evening found 41 percent of 941 adults questioned between April 25-29 opposed hydraulic fracturing, while 38 percent supported it and 21 percent weren’t sure.

Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, said many New Yorkers haven’t weighed in yet on the issue. He said the question is what will happen to public opinion as both sides make their case.