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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

Conservation in the West Poll: worries over water, support for efficiency

Conservation in the West Poll: worries over water, support for efficiency The State of the Rockies Project's Conservation in the West Poll provides a detailed portrait of how residents in the intermountain West think about a variety of natural resource issues, including water. This annual poll, conducted since 2011, covers Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New [...]

Pew Research Center: drought tops climate change concerns around globe

Pew poll: drought and water shortages top climate change concerns When the Pew Research Center asked people in 40 countries about their greatest worries related to climate change, drought and water shortages topped the list. The 2015 Pew poll also found high levels of concern over severe weather, such as floods and intense storms. But in all [...]

By |October 15th, 2016|Climate change, Drought, Global, Pew Research Center, Supply|0 Comments

Insights from the San Diego County Water Authority’s polls

What San Diego residents think about water Although it only covers one part of one state, the San Diego County Water Authority’s polling on water issues is very detailed and has been publicly reported for most years since 2003. The utility’s surveys include questions on cost, quality, drought responses, personal conservation actions, treated effluent, and more. It [...]

Polling showed strong support for California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Polling in advance of California's new groundwater law A California groundwater poll released in the midst of severe drought found strong support for better management of the state's aquifers. In July 2014, the Water Foundation hired two pollsters—Public Opinion Strategies and Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates—to analyze public opinion on the issue as part of the [...]

Circle of Blue global survey reveals widespread concern over water

Circle of Blue survey: water tops list of environmental worries In 2009, a survey of 1,000 people in each of 15 countries found that people around the globe see water as the planet’s biggest environmental problem. Water outranked air pollution, depletion of natural resources, loss of habitat, climate change, and other issues. The Circle of [...]

By |September 15th, 2016|Circle of Blue, Cost, Global, Quality, Supply|0 Comments

Water tops economy in some Public Policy Institute of California polls

Californians troubled by water and drought The Public Policy Institute of California regularly polls state residents and sometimes asks them about water issues. Although some questions have only been asked periodically, the PPIC poll results show persistent high levels of concern over the state’s water supply. California's record drought vaulted water issues to the top of the state’s political agenda [...]