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, [...]

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 [...]