Poll: Support for Fracking Increased Since Trump’s Election

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A new poll from the University of Texas finds more Americans support fracking than oppose it, and that support has grown since the Presidential election in November 2016.

According to the poll, 43 percent of Americans support fracking. That’s a three point jump from the poll’s findings last fall, and slightly higher than the 42 percent of Americans who say they oppose fracking. Support for fracking has increased by three percentage points since the fall, while opposition has fallen three points.

Americans also overwhelmingly associate domestic natural gas production with economic and environmental benefits. More than 60 percent of Americans believe natural gas creates jobs, lowers costs, provides energy security, and increases energy efficiency.

On the environmental side, 58 percent of Americans agree that natural gas lowers carbon emissions. A report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration earlier this year credited increased use of natural gas for falling greenhouse gas emissions.

By a 17 point margin, Americans believe the U.S. should permit the export of natural gas to other countries, according to the poll. Only 22 percent of Americans disagree with that position.