Siena Poll: More New Yorkers oppose fracking

By Conor Mooney

September 30, 2013 Updated Sep 30, 2013 at 9:46 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) More upstate New Yorkers than ever are saying 'no' to hydraulic fracturing, according to the latest Siena Poll.

Researchers reported that about 45 percent of voters oppose fracking, while 37 percent support it.

That's up from 42 percent who opposed and 41 percent who supported drilling last month.

Mostly people in upstate New York, democrats, some independents and New York City voters oppose fracking, while people who live downstate and Republicans mostly support it, according to researchers.

Those opposed to fracking were pleased with the numbers and continued their call for other sources of energy.

"What we're saying is that with climate change where it's at, a multi-billion dollar investment and more fossil fuel infrastructure is not the way to go. We'd love to see Governor Cuomo be the leader that we want to see and really make a push for renewable energy," said Isaac Silberman Gorn of Citizen Action.

The Siena Poll also reported that men narrowly support fracking, while women more strongly oppose it.