A survey by the University of Nottingham confirms that the number of British people in favour of fracking for shale gas has strongly declined since polling started in 2012.
Only 49.8% voted for shale gas extraction as an alternative to imported gas from Russia, when researchers from the University of Nottingham asked 3,657 people earlier this month. This is the first time the figure has dropped below 50%.
This is the lowest number in support of fracking since YouGov started their poll, on behalf of the University of Nottingham, in 2012.
The latest results found 31.4% were against fracking, while 18.4% were undecided.
The protests which took place in West Sussex in 2013 are being suggested as the turning point for public opinion against shale gas extraction.
Will Knight is a Doctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham. He says “The level of the risk of contamination is yet to be fully understood.”
Will Knight of the University of Nottingham explains the impact of fracking
These results are bad news for the Government, with a second anti-fracking campaign planned for this summer, as it wanted to encourage shale-gas extraction as an alternative to imported gas from Russia.