A new online poll of 1,000 respondents found 36 per cent in favour of shale gas extraction and 40 per cent opposed.
But a further 24 per cent are “don’t knows”.
The poll, conducted by Usurv.com asked participants “Should fracking go ahead in the UK?” with four responses to choose from.
It found that 25 per cent of respondents said yes, fracking should go ahead in the UK.
A further 11 per cent also said yes – but qualified this support by saying they wouldn’t want it where they live. Just over 24 per cent appeared agnostic, saying they didn’t know whether fracking should take place in the UK, with slightly under 40 per cent of respondents saying it shouldn’t.
Preston businessman Lee Petts, chief executive of the Onshore Energy Services Group, said: “This latest poll reaffirms much of what we already know – that support and opposition for shale gas extraction are relatively balanced, with a sizeable proportion of the public undecided or ambivalent either way.
“Earlier, more detailed surveys appear to suggest that the more informed people are, particularly about the regulatory oversight and the social, economic and environmental importance of gas in the UK, the more supportive they become.”
Cuadrilla is applying to frack at two sites in the Lancashire countryside.
County council planners agreed to defer a decision last month.