Drought, Water and Energy – A Natural Survey of Attitudes – an ORC report recently completed for the Civil Society Institute summarizes a telephone survey of 1,017 adults in AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA MO, NV, NM, SC and TX. The survey confirmed that Americans are worried about drought and want to see clean drinking water get a higher national priority. Key survey findings include:

  • Two-thirds of Americans now think climate change is "real" or "appears to be happening"
  • 4 out of 5 Americans or 81% are concerned about increased drought, wildfires and extreme weather events
  • Nearly two-third or 64% of Americans are very concerned about possible shortages of safe drinking water
  • 4 out of 5 Americans or 85% believe the availability of ample clean water should be a top national priority for the U.S.
  • 2 in 5 Americans or 39% have personally experienced the impact of drought in the last year
  • 9 out of 10 Americans want an energy/water "road map" for the U.S. that addresses full understanding of water resources regionally and locally

The Civil Society Institute, through its work, seeks to serve as catalysts for change in areas of critical need including global warming, global security and economic change, science policy and regenerative medicine.

The survey is available at the Institute website at http://www.civilsocietyinstitute.org/