Californians continue to support state and local measures to save water, even if they're not sure what conservation target they're trying to hit.
That's one impression from the latest drought polling by the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan research group in San Francisco.
In the statewide survey taken in mid-July, respondents (not surprisingly) cited -- by an overwhelming margin -- the drought and water supply as the most pressing environmental issue facing California. Fifty-eight percent chose the drought while no other concern, such as air and water pollution, cracked double digits.
Asked about Governor Jerry Brown's water restrictions, which mandate a 25 percent statewide reduction in water use, a combined 82 percent of respondents said the target was either "the right amount" or not stringent enough. Only 11 percent said the mandate was too onerous.
Locally the conservation mandates vary widely, from a low of 4 percent required savings, all the way up to 36 percent, and a majority of respondents didn't seem to know what local target they've been trying to reach. Sixty-four percent said they did not know what precise reduction their local water district has required of them.