WASHINGTON, DC (April 29, 2021) - A new poll by the Value of Water Campaign released today shows that American voters’ support for increasing federal water infrastructure investment (78 percent) remains high, is bipartisan, and is on par with eliminating COVID-19 and strengthening the American economy as a top priority. The poll results found that while 83 percent of American voters support ensuring a reliable supply of water, there is a growing concern about the state of national water infrastructure, with only 47 percent of Americans rating the nation’s water infrastructure as good.
For the sixth year in a row, the Value of Water Campaign poll surveyed over 1,000 American voters for the annual Value of Water Index. The poll asked voters to rate their support on water issues, including the state of local and national water infrastructure, support for water infrastructure investment, and trust and support for water systems. Support for investing in water infrastructure cuts across age, gender, party, geography, and ideology.
Key poll findings include:
Sara Aminzadeh, Vice President of Partnerships of the US Water Alliance, said: "Water utilities provide an essential service, protect public health, and help communities to thrive. These systems are in desperate need of repair and modernization and the needs are only growing and compounding annually. The gap between what the country needs to spend on its water infrastructure and what is actually spent each year is tens of billions of dollars. Congress has a clear mandate to address voters’ concerns by working with the Biden administration to pass a comprehensive infrastructure package immediately that includes a historic investment in water."
A bipartisan research team FM3 (D) and New Bridge Strategy (R) conducted the poll, seeking voters' opinions on the nation's water infrastructure. The team fielded the poll from March 15-21, 2021.