Sunshine State Survey: Water is environmental issue of greatest concern to voters
USF's school of Public Affairs and Nielsen's latest results on their annual
Sunshine State Survey were released on Sept. 30th, asking how Floridians feel about crime and environmental issues.
USF Political Scientist Dr. Susan MacManus said Floridians believe Florida's biggest environmental issue is water.
"What is the biggest environmental problem facing Florida, hands down it's water, water-related problems," she said. "Specifically, 32 percent - almost the third - mention either the quality or the shortage of water."
The Sunshine State Survey shows Floridians are now more critical of the state's job protecting the environment since the 2012 survey. Only one-third of those polled believe the state is doing a good job.
When asked to identify “What is the biggest
environmental problem facing Florida today?” 39%
of the respondents refer to a problem involving
water; 19% cite a pollution problem; 8% mention a
political problem; another 7% point to potential
disasters stemming from humans or nature; food
production-related problems are the top concern
of 2%, while 6% cite a wide range of other
problems. Almost one-fifth (18%) gave no
response to the question, reflecting less general
knowledge of environmental challenges than of
those in some other policy areas.