Synthesis of public opinion research on water

Looking across polls and based on interviews with pollsters, we have synthesized the following findings from public opinion research on water. This is a work in progress that will be updated as we analyze new surveys.

Water worries

Water solutions

  • As with many public policy issues, there is a partisan divide in opinion on water, but it is less extreme than divisions over climate change and some other environmental problems.
  • In general, Americans and Westerners prefer conservation and efficiency measures over building new dams and water works.
  • People say they’re willing to make changes in their daily lives to reduce water use, and to pay for upgrades to water infrastructure.
  • Americans may be unsure of their water source, but virtually everyone understands the need for clean water and how events such as droughts and contamination can impact supplies.

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