Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing) 2 of 7

Last spring I did a pretty thorough look into fracking so here a copy. Necessarily due to the length it is broken into multiple parts. Here are the links for all parts: Fracking: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Citations.

Supporting Study summary – “Fracking” controversy and communication: Using national survey data to understand public perceptions of hydraulic fracturing.

Previously it was stated that the above was an informal poll, which is true. However, Yale University and George Mason University in fact did a large scale survey in 2012 to examine exactly this (Boudet et al, 2014). The survey was designed to test five hypotheses:

  • Does age impact an individual’s support of hydrofracking?
  • Does income level impact an individual’s support of hydrofracking?
  • Does gender impact an individual’s support of hydrofracking?
  • Does formal education impact an individual’s support of hydrofracking?
  • Does race impact an individual’s support of hydrofracking?

The researchers developed a 13 question survey and sent it to 1,960 American citizens. Only 1061 completed and returned the survey. They found that of the 1061 respondents,m 39% had never heard of fracking and only 9% heard “a lot”. Further, the vast majority of people were unsure if they supported or opposed fracking. Interestingly, “58% specifically indicated they did not know anything about the issue or responded with a statement that we considered irrelevant (such as “battlestar galactica”).” This result seems very similar to the informal study conducted during research for this manuscript.