Raised Awareness of Fracking in Pennsylvania

  • Philip J. Harold
  • Tony Kerzmann


This article presents survey results from 2013 to 2016 that show an increase in public awareness of fracking in Pennsylvania. It suggests that the increased awareness of fracking is due to the expansion of the industry in the Commonwealth, lowered gas prices, and increased political discussion following the 2014 gubernatorial race and that it is also part of a national trend. Results of a Pennsylvania survey and three national surveys show opinions split along gender and partisan lines.