Public Opinion on Fracking: Perspectives from Michigan and Pennsylvania

May 2013

This report presents the views of Michigan and Pennsylvania citizens on issues related to the extraction of natural gas through hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as “fracking”). The findings are drawn from an October and November 2012 telephone survey conducted by the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion (Muhlenberg Institute), in collaboration with the University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) as part of the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) series. This survey secured responses from 415 Michigan residents and 424 Pennsylvania residents, drawn from all regions of each state and comprising statistically-representative profiles of their respective citizens.