Only 17% support CSG exploration on farming land: poll

FEWER than one in five people support coal seam gas exploration on New South Wales farming land, research shows.

A Fairfax/Nielsen poll conducted from March 22-24 found just 17% of people agreed with fracking on agricultural land.

Three-quarters of respondents said they were opposed to CSG exploration on farming land, while 7% said they didn't know.

Interestingly, a breakdown of the poll numbers showed there was almost no difference in the views held by regional respondents and those living in Sydney.

Men were more likely to support CSG exploration, with 23% saying they supported the practice and 70% opposed.

Just 12% of women were in favour of fracking on farm land and 80% were against it.

More than a quarter (27%) of people in the 18-14 age bracket were in favour of CSG exploration, while 61% were opposed.

Greens (90%) and independent voters (82%) led the way in terms of their opposition to CSG, with Coalition voters coming in at 75% and Labor 73%.

The polling numbers, which had a 3% margin of error, are consistent with surveys from around the state on the question of CSG mining.

For example, in Lismore last year, almost 90% of people voted "no" at the local government elections when asked if they supported CSG expansion in their area.

Do you support coal seam gas exploration on farming land?

This poll ended on 28 August 2013.

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This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.