About Mitch Tobin

Mitch Tobin, the editor of WaterPolls.org, is a communications consultant and multimedia journalist. After working as a reporter at the Napa Valley Register, Tucson Citizen, and Arizona Daily Star, Mitch was communications director at California Environmental Associates, where he conducted grantmaking evaluations and policy analysis of water and other issues. In 2014, Mitch started Sea to Snow LLC to provide consulting services to a variety of clients. Mitch graduated from Yale with a bachelor’s degree in Ethics, Politics and Economics and earned a master’s degree in political science from U.C. Berkeley. Follow Mitch on Twitter @mitchtobin

FEMA’s polling on flooding risks and mitigation

FEMA's flooding surveys have polled the general public and local officials about flooding risks. Learn more and download free graphics.

By |September 13th, 2017|Flooding, United States|0 Comments

Poll finds bipartisan support to reform flood policies

Poll finds bipartisan support to reform flood policies With Southeast Texas being inundated by Tropical Storm Harvey, I thought it would be helpful to look at a recent poll on flooding in the United States. In March 2017, The Pew Charitable Trusts hired Public Opinion Strategies to conduct a nationwide survey on flooding and related [...]

By |August 29th, 2017|Flooding, Public Opinion Strategies, United States|0 Comments

Q&A with Nelson Switzer, Chief Sustainability Officer at Nestlé Waters

Q&A with Nelson Switzer, Chief Sustainability Officer at Nestlé Waters Nelson Switzer, Chief Sustainability Officer at Nestlé Waters North America. Photo courtesy of Nestlé Waters North America. A May 2017 poll sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America found that 66 percent of U.S. consumers think their own community’s water supply is at risk. [...]

By |August 15th, 2017|Climate change, Infrastructure, Quality, Supply, United States|0 Comments

New PPIC poll finds less concern over California’s water supply

New PPIC water poll finds less concern over state's supply A new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California has found that Californians' concerns about their water supply have decreased since wetter weather has returned to the state. Nevertheless, many Californians remain worried about their water and plenty still want to see local governments [...]

Measuring the yuck factor: recycled water and public opinion

Measuring the yuck factor: recycled water and public opinion Some people call it "purified water." Others deride the process of turning wastewater into potable supplies as "toilet to tap." Whatever you call it, recycling sewage into drinking water is something we're likely to see more of as communities look for new sources to support growing [...]

By |July 25th, 2017|California, Communications, Drought, Quality, Supply|0 Comments

Most Americans think climate change is already impacting water supply

Most Americans think climate change is already impacting water supply A new survey sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America has found 66% of U.S. consumers think their own community's water supply is at risk and 71% believe climate change is impacting access to clean water. The May 2016 survey, conducted by market research firm PSB, [...]

Americans avoid drinking from tap, oppose smaller federal role in water safety

Americans avoid drinking from tap, oppose smaller federal role in water safety An AP-GfK water poll found that only one-third Americans drink straight from their tap, largely due to taste and contamination concerns. The national poll, conducted in February 2016, also recorded strong opposition to reducing the federal government's involvement in water safety. The pollsters [...]

By |June 26th, 2017|AP-GfK, Quality, United States|0 Comments

Nearly half of Americans are “water savvy conservationists”

Nearly half of Americans are "water savvy conservationists" Researchers at the University of Florida have classified Americans into three buckets, so to speak, when it comes to outdoor water conservation. In bucket number one are the "water savvy conservationists" who are most likely to be miserly in their outdoor irrigation. They adopt practices such as [...]

By |June 14th, 2017|Communications, Conservation, United States|0 Comments

Water Quality Association survey: concerns over contaminants

Water Quality Association survey: concerns over contaminants A recent national poll revealed high levels of concern over water quality, especially lead contamination. The Water Quality Association survey also found that 52% of Americans think that federal laws governing drinking water quality are not strict enough. “News coverage of the Flint, Michigan lead crisis likely played into the rise of [...]

Q&A with pollster Dave Metz

Q&A: my interview with pollster Dave Metz Pollster Dave Metz Dave Metz is one of the nation’s leading experts on public opinion related to water and other natural resource issues. Metz, a partner at Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, has provided opinion research and strategic guidance to hundreds of non-profits, government agencies, [...]