SACRAMENTO — A majority of Californians believe we have not invested sufficiently and are willing to pay more to fund better infrastructure to respond to the current drought and prepare for future droughts, according to a statewide poll released by the California Water Foundation today that assessed the opinions of 1,000 California voters regarding the ongoing drought and potential policy responses.
“These results indicate significant public support for investing in long-term solutions to California’s water crisis,” said California Water Foundation Executive Director Lester Snow. “They are encouraging and suggest that California voters are ready and willing to support major and permanent changes in how California manages its water.”
“Furthermore, voters clearly feel that lack of infrastructure worsens the impacts of the ongoing drought – and are willing to pay even at the cost of higher water bills to invest in upgrades,” Snow said. “Voters indicated strong support for elected officials taking more action, and would support legislators who support reform.”
The Water Foundation commissioned research firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates to conduct a telephone survey on landlines and cell phones with 1,000 randomly selected California voters from July 6-13, 2015.
Among the key specific findings of the survey are the following:
The survey was conducted by bipartisan research firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates. From July 6-13, 2015, they conducted a telephone survey on landlines and cell phones with 1,000 randomly selected California voters. The margin of sampling error is +/-3.1% at the 95% confidence level; margins of error for population subgroups within each sample will be higher. Due to rounding, not all totals will sum to 100 percent.
About the California Water Foundation
The California Water Foundation’s (CWF), an initiative of the Resources Legacy Fund, is committed to achieving a sustainable water supply to meet the needs of California’s farms, cities, and environment today and into the future. CWF supports innovative projects and policies and brings together experts, stakeholders, and the public to achieve 21st century solutions. For more information, please visit CaliforniaWaterFoundation.org