Water pollution near top of America’s fears

Water pollution near top of America's fears A May 2017 poll found that water pollution, air pollution, and climate change rank high on Americans' list of top fears. Concern about environmental problems was much higher than during the 2016 survey, and the spike in worry was likely due to the intervening election. The Chapman University [...]

Q&A with Wade Crowfoot, CEO of the Water Foundation

Q&A with Wade Crowfoot, CEO of the Water Foundation Wade Crowfoot, CEO of Water Foundation What do Westerners think about water issues? What worries them? What policies do they support? Where is there consensus and division? To answer these questions, the Water Foundation recently commissioned a wide-ranging public opinion survey of voters in [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

Value of Water Coalition poll on water infrastructure

Value of Water Coalition poll on water infrastructure A Value of Water Coalition poll found that Americans are willing to pay more on their water bills if they're informed about infrastructure issues. When asked initially if they were willing to pay more, survey respondents were evenly split: 47% in favor and 47% opposed. But after pollsters provided [...]