As usual, the latest public opinion poll question on whether New York should allow high-volume hydrofracking resulted in responses from those on either side of the highly contentious issue.

The poll today found more voters surveyed are looking askance at the drilling method, with 45 percent of voters opposing hydrofracking while 37 percent back the process, the poll found.

The split is the largest plurality recorded by Siena for those against hydrofracking.

Naturally, New Yorkers Against Fracking applauded the news:

“Despite an onslaught of gas industry propaganda, the more New Yorkers look at the science, health risks and bad experiences of our neighbors in Pennsylvania, the more they oppose fracking,” the group said in a statement. “By significant margins, New Yorkers want Governor Cuomo to ban fracking because they know it poisons our water, pollutes the air and makes people sick. New Yorkers are opposed to fracking – including 52-34% upstate – because the science shows that fracking poisons people and cannot be done safely, and they know it will permanently damage New York.”

The survey results come as the state Department of Health continues to review whether the process has an impact on human health.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he understands the concerns of the business community when it comes to natural gas development, but also says he wants to make sure the drilling method is safe before permits are issued.

The state has had a de facto ban on high-volume hydrofracking for the last five years. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has missed multiple self-imposed regulatory deadlines, but has said it would issue permits should the DOH deem the process safe.

For the energy lobby, the high unemployment in the Southern Tier, where fracking is being eyed, outweighs the polling on the issue.

“New Yorkers should be concerned about this number: There are 15,300 people out of work in Broome, Tioga, Chemung and Steuben counties, where natural gas development would take place,” said Independent Oil and Gas Association spokesman Jim Smith. “This isn’t a sample. This is reality. We should survey these people. We are ignoring the real science on this issue, watching businesses leave New York, and we are blowing the best economic opportunity to come to this state in decades.”