As the Biden administration readies new legislation to push for trillions in infrastructure investments and America’s climate response, we released a new poll to help us better understand voter’s opinions about water infrastructure priorities in the President’s plan to Build Back Better. Some key findings:
- More than 3 in 4 voters (77%) support pausing water shutoffs for families behind on their water bills during the pandemic.
- 78% of voters across the country support increasing federal spending on water infrastructure. Water infrastructure investments are popular with a majority of voters, regardless of political party affiliation. (88% of Democrats, 69% of Republicans, and 67% of Independents say they support increasing federal water infrastructure spending.)
- More than 9 in 10 (93%) voters believe fixing outdated and unsafe drinking water systems should be a priority for President Biden’s economic stimulus plans.
- 65% of voters say the government should prioritize communities with the greatest need, including those currently living with unsafe water, rather than distributing funds equally to all communities (35%).
- Voters believe increasing federal spending on water infrastructure will have a positive impact on public health (74%), the environment (71%), and jobs in the U.S. (65%)