2013 Nebraska Rural Poll – Water and Climate: Perceptions of Nonmetropolitan Nebraskans

Water has always been an important resource to rural areas. Competing demands for water come from communities, households, agriculture, industry and the environment. After last summer’s drought, one of the worst in the state’s history, more attention was placed on water issues in the state. The drought also caused increased awareness of global climate change issues. Given these conditions, what impacts did rural Nebraskans experience as a result of last summer’s drought? What priority do rural Nebraskans place on various uses of water? Have those priorities changed over time? What do rural Nebraskans think about global climate change? What are their opinions about the causes and effects of global climate change? Have these opinions changed over the past five years? This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions. The complete report can be found at http://ruralpoll.unl.edu/report13

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