Poll shows more concern for clean drinking water than climate change

Earth Day celebrations raised awareness for many environmental concerns across the country, but the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) fears that ensuring clean drinking water lacks the attention it deserves. A recent Gallup Poll shows that Americans perceive clean drinking water as a threat more than climate change. Fifty-three percent of Americans worry "a great deal" over the pollution of drinking water, while just thirty-seven percent place that concern on global warming...

• AGC fears Earth Day celebrants overlook Americans' top concerns

WASHINGTON, DC, April 23, 2008 -- Yesterday's celebration of Earth Day successfully raised awareness for many environmental concerns across the country, but the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) fears that ensuring clean drinking water lacks the attention it deserves. A recent Gallup Poll shows that Americans perceive clean drinking water as a threat more than climate change.

Fifty-three percent of Americans worry "a great deal" over the pollution of drinking water, while just thirty-seven percent place that concern on global warming, according to a Gallup Poll taken March 6-9, 2008. Gallup suggests the numbers might have been higher had the survey been conducted following an Associated Press report on pharmaceuticals in drinking water.

"These poll results demonstrate that the public is out in front of policy makers," said Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of AGC. "They recognize that our deteriorating water delivery systems are in need of repair and they want someone to do something about it."

Gallup conducts an Environment survey annually, and notes that pollution of drinking water has been Americans' top concern since 1990.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is a national construction trade association in the United States.

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