During the drought, I had one of those passing thoughts that it would be worthwhile to poll the general public about different water related topics, since I had not seen too many polls focused on water issues.
I guess someone at Elon University realized this, too. Elon University’s Institute for Politics and Public Affairs recently polled 473 North Carolina residents between March 10-13, 2008, about North Carolina’s water supply.
Here is a snapshot of the results:
- 90% of those surveyed disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement, “reducing water use is not my personal responsibility.”
- 84% percent of respondents said that they are currently reducing their water use.
- 63% percent of those surveyed said they are very concerned about the drought, while 32 percent reported being somewhat concerned.
- 68% of citizens said that water conservation is a long-term issue that will last more than five years.
- The top reported activities for reducing water use were:
Not watering outside: 55 percent
Taking shorter showers: 53 percent
Not washing car at home: 51 percent
- Respondents identified the following water users as being “very responsible” for reducing statewide water use:
Local government: 62 percent
State government: 62 percent
Residents: 61 percent
Manufacturing industry: 57 percent
Business: 56 percent
Environmental groups: 56 percent
Builders and developers: 54 percent
Power companies: 53 percent
Source: Elon Poll Results