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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Scientists Not as Keen on Fracking as General Public According to New Survey

From StateImpact Pennsylvania:
A new survey out this week from the Pew Research Center finds scientists have a more negative view of fracking than the general public. 
Among scientists, 31 percent favor the increased use of fracking, while a majority– 66 percent– are opposed. The general public is slightly more positive, 39 percent of adults favor it, while about half (51 percent) are opposed.

The phone survey included 2,002 adults nationwide, as well as 3,748 U.S.-based members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. 
The scientists’ views about fracking vary across different disciplines. More than half of the engineers surveyed support more fracking (53 percent), while just 25 percent to scientists in the biological and medical fields favor it. Earth scientists fall in the middle– 42 percent favor it.
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