More American think the United States should keep natural gas production for domestic use rather than export it, according to the latest University of Texas Energy Poll. The online survey, conducted March 11-20, found that 39 percent favored keeping U.S. gas production, versus 28 percent that supported exports. The rest were neutral.
Interestingly, it's not much of a partisan issue: 36 percent of self-described Democrats and 38 percent of self-described Republicans oppose exports, and an even closer 30 percent of Democrafts and 29 percent of Republicans favor exports. Independents were most likely to oppose exports, by 44 percent. The big split was by gender. A third of men favored exports, while only 22 percent of women did.
Partisan differences on hydraulic fracturing were more defined, even as support for the production technique declined overall, from 48 percent a year ago to 45 percent in the new poll. Forty-one percent opposing fracking. But while 71 percent of Republicans favor fracking and 20 percent oppose it, that flips with Democrats as 60 percent oppose fracking and just 22 percent support it.
The poll's results are here.
-- Jim Fuquay