Quinnipiac Poll: Majority of Coloradans support fracking

4:45 PM, Nov 23, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - The majority of Colorado voters support fracking for natural gas and oil, according to a poll released by Quinnipiac University this week.

Hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking, is a drilling method that uses high-pressure water and chemicals to extract oil and natural gas from underground rock formations.

Overall, the survey showed that 51 percent of respondents support - and 34 percent oppose hydraulic fracturing.

The results show a sizable gender gap. Sixty percent of the male respondents support fracking, while 30 percent are opposed.

Women are less enthusiastic about fracking, with 42 percent supporting it and 38 percent against.

Not surprising, there is also a wide divide between the political parties.

Eighty percent of Republicans support fracking, while only nine percent are opposed.

Fifty-four percent of Democrats oppose fracking, while 26 percent are in support of the process.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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