Allentown Morning Call Blog Posting on SP&R Polling, 3/27/11 entry by John Micek of the Allentown Morning Call
John Micek discusses recent polling conducted by SP&R on statewide support for a new tax on Marcellus Shale gas drillers. An excerpt of the blog reads: A poll released last week by the traditionally Republican-friendly Susquehanna Polling & Research shows that seven in 10 Pennsylvanians support the idea of imposing a severance tax on Marcellus shale drillers.
Nearly two-thirds of Republicans (62 percent) support a severance levy, while slightly less than a third (32 percent) oppose it, according to the poll of 1,200 registered voters.
Unsurprisingly, support for an extraction tax runs highest in Gasland, with 73 percent of northwestern residents and 72 percent of northeastern residents favoring it. Voters in the socially moderate southeast also support a tax, with 73 percent registering their support.
The survey, done in conjunction with New York-based Global Strategy Group, was conducted Feb. 8-17 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.83 percentage points.
Two-thirds of voters, including 50 percent of Republican respondents, favor preserving state forest land and not opening it to drilling. The administration is currently weighing whether to lift a Rendell-era executive order barring new leases in state forests.
Gov. Tom Corbett opposes the tax. But he said last week that he might, under certain circumstances, be willing to entertain the idea of a local impact fee for counties and municipalities affected by drilling.
Click here to read the full blog entry http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-politics-as-usual-032711-20110328,0,5524133,full.story