(Washington Times) A majority of Americans support fracking, but even larger majorities remain concerned about the drilling process’ potential impacts on drinking water quality and support more research into the practice, new polling data show.

The ORC International survey released Thursday is being trumpeted by environmental groups, which argue that it demonstrates the public remains somewhat skeptical about the safety of fracking — short for hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and natural gas — and instead favor a swift transition to renewable energy such as wind and solar power.

For example, 79 percent of those polled said they’re “concerned about fracking as it relates to water quality.”

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