Water surpasses air quality as No. 1 concern

For the first time since the Public Policy Institute of California began environment surveys in 2000, residents are more worried about water than air pollution.

And it’s not even close.

That interesting tidbit comes from the depths of the PPIC’s latest poll, released tonight.

Thirty-five percent of poll respondents said that water supply or drought is the most important environment issue facing California today.┬áThat’s an increase of 27 points since July 2011, the PPIC reported.

Just 14 percent of respondents named air pollution as the top concern in this latest survey, a decline of 13 points during the same time period.

A large majority (75 percent) favors local water districts requiring residents to reduce water use, PPIC reports. And the current $11 billion water bond has a slim 51 percent support from likely voters (61 percent support from all adults).

Read the full survey.

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