Public concern about pollution of drinking water

"PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU PERSONALLY WORRY ABOUT THIS PROBLEM A GREAT DEAL, A FAIR AMOUNT, ONLY A LITTLE, OR NOT AT ALL. POLLUTION OF DRINKING WATER?"

Great

Fair

Only a

Not

%

%

2004 Mar 8-11

53

24

17

6

2003 Mar 3-5

54

25

15

6

2002 Mar 4-7

57

25

13

5

2001 Mar 5-7

64

24

9

3

2000 Apr 3-9

72

20

6

2

1999 Apr 13-14

68

22

7

3

1991 Apr 11-14

67

19

10

3

1990 Apr 5-8

65

22

9

4

source: "Please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all. Pollution of drinking water? " in Poll Topics and Trends: Environment, The Gallup Organization, Princeton, NJ, March 17, 2004, www.gallup.com (accessed August 4, 2005). Copyright © 2004 by The Gallup Organzation. Reproduced by permission of The Gallup Organization.

No opinion

source: "Please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all. Pollution of drinking water? " in Poll Topics and Trends: Environment, The Gallup Organization, Princeton, NJ, March 17, 2004, www.gallup.com (accessed August 4, 2005). Copyright © 2004 by The Gallup Organzation. Reproduced by permission of The Gallup Organization.

and reservoirs. Concern about surface water pollution also shows a downward trend over the years. The percentage of people expressing a great deal of concern about this issue in 1989 was at a high of 72%. In 2004 only 48% of those asked expressed this opinion.

When asked about fresh water supplies for household needs, Gallup poll respondents have indicated varying levels of concern over the years. The percentage of people feeling a great deal of concern about this issue increased from 42% in 2000 to 50% in 2002 and then decreased to 47% in 2004.

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