A new Franklin & Marshall College poll has a fascinating set of findings that paint a complex public opinion picture. The gas industry can take comfort from the finding that 66% of Pennsylvanians have a favorable view of it and 31% with a strongly favorable view. But not too much comfort if it is smart.
The poll also found that a small plurality of 39% agreed that the benefits of drilling outweigh the costs, while 35% thought the environmental costs of drilling outweighed the benefits. 35% said drilling improved the quality of life and 26% said drilling reduced the quality of life.
Drilling in the state forests is a buzzsaw, according to the poll. 72% of Pennsylvanians opposed further drilling in state forests, with 54% strongly opposed. Only 22% favored more forest drilling.
On taxation, it is tax baby tax. 65% favored taxing drilling, with 45% strongly in favor. Just 21% said they oppose taxing drilling.
Pennsylvanians have opinions that reflect the tensions, the positive opportunities, and the challenges as well. All involved in the gas industry debate would do well to understand the complexities of this opinion picture. See an article on the poll at http://citizensvoice.com/news/pa-residents-favor-gas-tax-1.1196328#axzz1Wh37dXLw.