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

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, [...]

Americans support more spending on water infrastructure

Americans support more spending on water infrastructure Many of President Donald Trump's campaign promises and early moves in office have sparked controversy and highlighted deep divisions within the country. But one of Trump's proposals--spending $1 trillion to fix the nation's infrastructure--has broad, bipartisan support, according to numerous public opinion surveys. Water projects are only expected to [...]

Water issues probed in Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll

Water issues probed in Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll Americans say contaminated water is as serious a health problem as heroin abuse, according to an April 2016 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. As part of its longstanding Health Tracking Poll, the Kaiser Family Foundation asked Americans to rate a series of health issues facing [...]

Yale climate opinion maps visualize American attitudes toward warming

Yale climate opinion maps visualize American attitudes toward warming The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication has produced a great set of maps that illustrate what Americans think about global warming. What's special about these maps is their high-resolution: you can zoom in to understand public opinion on the level of states, counties, congressional districts, [...]

Water-related findings in new Conservation in the West Poll

Water-related findings in new Conservation in the West Poll The Conservation in the West Poll of voters in seven Mountain West states has once again found bipartisan backing for protecting the region's water, land, and other natural resources. Since 2011, Colorado College's State of the Rockies Project has released its annual survey, which probes public attitudes toward environmental [...]

Gallup: rising concern over water pollution

Gallup: rising concern over water pollution Gallup recently released data from its annual environment poll and reported that Americans are more worried about their water than at any time since 2001. Source: Gallup More concern among non-white, low-income Americans Gallup also reported that non-white and low-income Americans express greater worry about water pollution. "The [...]

By |April 10th, 2017|Gallup, Quality, United States|1 Comment

6 things I learned by studying public opinion on water

6 things I learned by studying public opinion on water Over the past six months, I’ve been working at the intersection of two professional passions: water and public opinion. With support from the Water Funder Initiative, a collaborate effort by foundations to make our water systems more sustainable, I’ve been analyzing what we know about [...]

Do the right thing: water conservation as civic duty

Do the right thing: water conservation as civic duty When I looked through the results of the San Diego County Water Authority's polling, one finding that jumped out was how many residents see saving water as a civic duty. The slide below (see our gallery for other images) shows that in 2014 and 2015, more than [...]

3 takeaways from Gallup’s polling on water

3 takeaways from Gallup's water polling For decades, Gallup has asked Americans about their water and it has found plenty of worry, especially over pollution. The Gallup poll doesn't delve deeply into water policy. But it's a useful national barometer for concern over water. "Polluted drinking water and the pollution of rivers, lakes and reservoirs have [...]

By |January 18th, 2017|Gallup, Quality, Supply, United States|1 Comment

MWH Global’s survey on water infrastructure

MWH Global's survey on water infrastructure A majority of Americans worry about their water infrastructure and say they're willing to pay more in order to upgrade water works, according to an MWH Global survey. The April 2016 online poll of 1,005 nationally representative U.S. adults also found that two-thirds of respondents were concerned about how much water it takes [...]