An online worldwide survey carried out by The Economist has revealed that nearly 44% of voters don’t want fracking in their countries, compared with 28% who would welcome it. The online survey ran from 17-30 July, and attracted 1,106 votes.
The areas surveyed included: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Middle East & Africa, Oceania, OECD, BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) and the EU. When asked the question,’ Would you welcome more exploration for shale gas in your country?’, Europe answered an emphatic No! 430 votes were cast by Europeans and, of these, 60.7% said ‘Definitely Not’, while 20.93 voted ‘Definitely’. Of the 411 votes cast by the EU, 62.29 said ‘Definitely Not’, with only 19.95 saying ‘Definitely’.
North America, Asia, and the BRIC countries were the only regions to overwhelmingly vote ‘Definitely’
The item is available to read on The Economist website.