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New Quinnipiac poll shows support for drilling in Ohio is strong and steady
All democraphics say Ohio should drill for oil and gas, though the promise of jobs has not panned out yet

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M.L. Schultze
A fracking well in Carroll County brings with it a promise of jobs. A new poll shows Ohioans strongly support drilling, but a report shows the employment growth is slower coming.
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The latest Quinnipiac Poll shows Ohioans think the state’s economy is on the right path. And it shows continued support for one key piece of that economy: Oil and gas drilling. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.



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The Quinnipiac Poll asks if the state should drill for natural gas and oil. It never uses the word fracking, nor terms like “horizontal drilling” or “hydraulic fracturing,” though those processes are key to the boom in oil and gas drilling in Ohio. 

Across the board – men, women, Democrats, Republicans, college-educated, old and young – the answer is “yes.” And for many of those groups, the answer is yes by a margin of 2-1 or greater. 

The most skeptical are Democrats, but even with them, a shade above 50 percent support the drilling.  Some 83 percent of Republicans support it. And overall, 67 percent say drill, 26 percent say no. 

And those numbers have been pretty consistent in every poll over the last 18 months in which Quinnipiac has asked the question. 

Shale drilling has been promoted as a key to economic growth, especially in Ohio’e eastern region. A report by Cleveland State University in March measured total sales activity and employment in those counties to see how the promise is playing out so far.

It found a surge of more than 21 percent in sales from 2011 to 2012 in the strip of counties extending from Ashtabula to Guernsey.  But employment growth is much slower, with counties  like Stark, Portage, Carroll and Columbiana – core in the shale-drilling region showing “very modest” gains in jobs – about 1.4 percent.

Here's the link to the Cleveland State University report:

Here are the results of the Quinnipiac Poll questions on drilling:

36. Some people say there should be drilling for natural gas and oil in Ohio because of the potential economic benefits. Others say there should not be drilling for natural gas and oil in Ohio because of the potential environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Allow drilling       67%    83%    51%    68%    71%    62%
No drilling          26     14     40     25     22     31
DK/NA                 7      2      9      6      7      7
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
Allow drilling       64%    68%    61%    73%    69%    63%    68%    67%    68%
No drilling          31     25     29     23     27     29     28     26     24
DK/NA                 5      8     10      4      4      8      4      8      8
TREND: Some people say there should be drilling for natural gas and oil in Ohio because of the potential economic benefits, others say there should not be drilling for natural gas and oil in Ohio because of the potential environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view?
                     Jun 25  Apr 19  May 09  Jan 19
                     2013    2013    2012    2012
Drilling             67      63      64      64
No drilling          26      30      29      29
DK/NA                 7       7       8       7


















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