Analyzing water public opinion

What is is your source for water public opinion data and analysis. We aggregate, analyze, visualize, and share data on water-related polls to advance public and policymaker understanding of problems and solutions.

How to use the site

  1. Search for a poll and download resources. You can use the search box in the banner or click on the links to categories and tags in the sidebar to find specific polls, topics, and places.
  2. Read our synthesis. We’ve boiled a variety of water polls into some key findings on our synthesis page, which is updated as new research is released.
  3. Browse, download, and interact with data and visualizations. Check out our data page for a directory of our dashboards and graphics.
  4. Subscribe to updates. Stay informed of new polls and analysis by subscribing to our email newsletter and RSS feed.
  5. Follow us on social media. Stay informed via Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Funders is a project of the Water Funder Initiative, a collaborative effort to identify and activate promising water solutions through strategic philanthropic investments in the United States, starting in the American West, where the scarcity and reliability of clean water are urgent issues.

The Water Funder Initiative has developed a blueprint for philanthropy to advance sustainable water management. One element of that blueprint focuses on strengthening the water field’s communications capacity and building political will to make our water systems more sustainable.

Understanding public opinion on water issues is an important facet of this work. To that end, the Water Funder Initiative has supported creation of this website as a resource for the field.

The Water Funder Initiative is supported and guided by the the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. FoundationWilliam and Flora Hewlett FoundationCynthia and George Mitchell FoundationPisces Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The initiative also receives expert guidance from the Energy Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Water Foundation.

Although is supported by the Water Funder Initiative, this site has editorial independence and any views expressed are not necessarily shared by the Water Funder Initiative or its supporters.


Mitch Tobin, the editor of, is a journalist and communications consultant. Mitch served as communications lead during WFI’s first phase and helped write the blueprint.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale, Mitch worked for survey researchers at the Urban Institute and while earning a master’s degree in political science from U.C. Berkeley. From 1998 to 2006, Mitch worked as a reporter at the Napa Valley RegisterTucson Citizen, and Arizona Daily Star, covering water and other issues.

Mitch was communications director at California Environmental Associates, where he conducted grantmaking evaluations and policy analysis of water and other issues. He is also author of Endangered: Biodiversity on the Brink, which received a gold medal in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

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