The findings of Franklin & Marshall’s most recent poll show the majority of Pennsylvanians are in favor of the Natural Gas drilling industry: 65% favor it while 23% are in opposition of it. Interestingly enough, 72% vs. 12% believe the taxes collected on the natural gas drilling should be shared by both the state and local communities instead of being used to directly benefit the local communities where the drilling is taking place.
The survey was based on the results of interviews conducted August 22-29, 2011. 525 adult residents of Pennsylvania were polled. The sample error percentage is +/- 4.3 points.
It is probable that the current economic climate of Pennsylvania is giving this issue traction. Proportionately, when asked which is greater: the potential benefits or the potential environmental risk, the opinions are much less polarized at 39% vs. 35%.
You can see the poll here.