By Alexander Bolton - 03/05/16 12:11 PM EST
Poll: Half of Americans not confident in drinking water safety
Only 47 percent of Americans are extremely or very confident about the safety of their drinking water, according to a new poll released Saturday.
Thirty-three percent said they were modestly confident and 18 percent said they weren’t very or at all confident, according to the Associated Press-GfK survey.
Confidence levels were even lower among African-Americans and Hispanics, who were 40 percent and 28 percent less confident, respectively, about drinking water than whites.
Concerns about drinking water have risen nationally since reports emerged that tap water in Flint, Mich., was contaminated with lead and Legionnaire’s disease after being drawn from the Flint River.
Half of the respondents said the government should do more to ensure safe drinking water. The number was even higher among minorities, with more than 60 percent of African-Americans and Hispanics calling for more action from the government.
Safe water has become a major issue on Capitol Hill since the controversy over Flint’s water safety erupted.
Democrats are pushing for nearly $400 million for Flint to be added to an energy package pending in the Senate. Republicans have resisted, holding up the bill. Democrats initially asked for $1 billion to repair Flint’s water infrastructure.
The AP-GfK poll of 1,033 adults was conducted online from Feb. 11-15. It has a margin of error of 3.4 percent.