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64% don’t want to live near a fracking site

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Fracking site imageA new survey reveals that over 64 per cent of Britons would be reluctant to buy a home near a fracking site… but 32 per cent are in favour of fracking if it meant lower energy bills.

The OnePoll survey, conducted by House Extension Online, asked 1000 respondents across the UK if they would ever consider buying a house near a fracking site and whether they were for or against fracking if it reduced their energy bills.

Over 64 per cent said that they would be reluctant to buy a home near a fracking site; 21 per cent said that they were somewhat unlikely to consider buying a home near a fracking site and 43 per cent stated that they were very unlikely to do so.

45 to 54 year olds were most unlikely to buy a home near a fracking site (68 per cent) compared to 59 per cent of 18 to 34 year olds. There was also a higher number of women (63 per cent) who stated that they were unlikely to buy a home near a fracking site compared to 54 per cent of men.

Conversely, when asked if they were for or against fracking if it reduced their energy bills, 32 per cent said that they were in favour. This sentiment was almost matched however by 31 per cent of respondents who stated that they were against fracking even if it resulted in lower energy bills.

The age group who were most in favour of fracking if it resulted in lower energy bills were the over 55s with 36 per cent, and the age group least in favour were 35 to 44 year olds with 37 per cent.

December 2, 2016

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