In the news

New Statewide Poll Shows Californians Overwhelmingly Support Seawater Desalination

May 4th, 2017 · News

tulchin logo3 WVCINew Statewide Poll Shows Californians Overwhelmingly Support Seawater Desalination

Nine out of ten voters favor desalination efforts in California

Orange County, CA, [May 04, 2017] – A new statewide poll released today by Tulchin Research and commissioned by the William C. Velasquez Institute, found that California voters overwhelmingly support water desalination. Furthermore, the poll results show, across every demographic group, that Californians are more likely to vote for a candidate for elected office who supports water desalination projects.

According to the results of the survey, which reached 500 likely voters from April 20-24, 2017, Californians are strongly in favor of water desalination and an overwhelming majority want to see the state approve more desalination plants. Notably, nine out of ten voters (90%) favor desalination efforts, including a majority (56%) that strongly favors these efforts. Conversely, just five percent of voters oppose desalination efforts while five percent of voters are undecided.

More specifically, support for water desalination in California is also felt across every key demographic group in the state:

  • 94 percent of men and 87 percent of women in favor;
  • Republicans (92%), Democrats (90%) and independents (89%) all in favor of desalination efforts;
  • A solid majority of voters in every region of the state favors water desalination, including voters in Sacramento/North State and the Central Valley (93% favor in both regions) followed by voters in the Bay Area (91%), the L.A. area (90%), L.A. County (89%) and San Diego (85%);
  • There is also strong support for desalination efforts among every ethnic group in the state, including Caucasian and Asian voters (91%), Latinos (90%), and African Americans (81%);
  • Voters under age 50 (92%) and over age 50 (89%) favor desalination at nearly equally high levels.

“Very few issues show such overwhelming support as does desalination in California,” said Ben Tulchin, President of Tulchin Research. “Elected officials and candidates for elected office should certainly take note that their constituents clearly want seawater desalination as a source of drinking water in the state.”

“The results of this survey add to the mounting evidence that the majority of the state is in favor of desalination as a way to provide a secure source of drinking water for our communities,” said Antonio Gonzalez, President, of the William C. Velasquez Institute. “The Huntington Beach Desalination Facility will be a blessing for the nearly 1 million Latinos living in Orange County.”

The survey also asked voters about their feelings toward local elected officials and their likelihood to vote for a candidate based on their position on water desalination. Over three-quarters of voters (78% total likely, 31% much more likely) say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate for elected office who supports seawater desalination compared to just six percent who say they would be less likely and another 17 percent are unsure. This strong preference for a candidate who supports funding water desalination plants holds across both partisan and regional lines.

In addition, voters also overwhelmingly support (87%) paying a few dollars more a month for desalinated water in the short term. When presented arguments from both sides of the debate, respondents favored desalination at 78%.

The survey was commissioned by the William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI) in Los Angeles. WVCI is a tax-exempt, non-profit, non-partisan organization chartered in 1985. The purpose of WCVI is to: conduct research aimed at improving the level of political and economic participation in Latino and other underrepresented communities; To provide information to Latino leaders relevant to the needs of their constituents; To inform the Latino leadership and public about the impact of public policies on Latinos; To inform the Latino leadership and public about political opinions and behavior of Latinos.


See the full memo by clicking here:  CA Seawater Desalination 388-A - Full Memo - 5-17 - Final