Pennsylvania voters are in favor of using hydraulic fracturing to produce natural gas in the state, but oppose Republican Governor Tom Corbett's plan to drill under state parks and forests, a Quinnipiac University poll revealed on Friday according to a report.
Some 58% of the state's voters support fracking, a process in which rock formations are cracked and infused with chemical-laced water to extract natural gas, Reuters reported. Thirty three percent oppose it.
But a similar majority, 57%, said they would oppose fracking under state parks and forests, with 36% supporting the idea.
Opinion is split largely along party lines, with 71% of Democrats and 58% of Independents opposed, and 58% of Republicans in favor.
"People in Pennsylvania have a high regard for the natural gas industry," the news wire quoted Terry Madonna, a professor of public affairs at Franklin & Marshall College, as saying.
"But they want it done in an environmentally sound way."
Some 39% of voters said Corbett's executive order of 23 May allowing park drilling would make them less likely to vote for him when he seeks re-election in November.
The order is also under attack in the state's Commonwealth Court, where a judge is expected to rule later this month on a petition from a coalition of conservation groups to stop the drilling with an injunction.
Corbett is counting on $75 million from the drilling to help get the state out of a budget hole in the coming fiscal year.
His office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the poll results.