More Brits oppose fracking than support it, survey finds

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15th May 2017 14:10 - Oil and Gas

More Brits oppose fracking than support it, survey finds: A recent survey for the Department of Energy and Climate Change has revealed that the number of people who oppose fracking is higher than those who support it, especially amongst the people who are aware of the controversial process.

Of the respondents, 53 per cent of those who said that they knew a lot about fracking said that they were against the process, in comparison to 33 per cent who said they were in favour of it. On the other hand, of those who said that they knew little about fracking, the opposition outstripped support by 40 per cent to 26 per cent.

Opposition was also higher than support among all those who were questioned for the survey, with 29% opposing and 23 per cent backing the extraction of shale gas through fracking. Women were found to be more likely to be opposed to it than men, with only 17 per cent backing fracking, compared to 28 per cent of men.

The low levels of support for fracking demonstrates a stark contrast to the backing the public shows for renewables, which have faced cuts in government support.

78 per cent of the respondents were found to be in favour of technologies such as solar power, wind power and biomass, and only 4 per cent against.

Of the respondents who support fracking, the main reasons cited were needing to use all available energy sources (35 per cent), reducing dependence on conventional fossil fuels (34 per cent), and reducing dependence on getting supplies from other countries (32 per cent).

The survey also revealed that 36 per cent of people support nuclear power, whereas 21 per cent oppose the technology.

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