When they consider the economic benefits of expanded oil and gas production from hydraulic fracturing, a majority of Californians say the state should permit the drilling method, a survey conducted by the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Times found. "Voters are very wary of the idea of fracking, but when they're told that it can reduce their bottom-line gasoline cost they become more open-minded," said Dan Schnur, the poll's director.

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