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Table 2

Comparisons of beliefs on safety of drinking water by source

VariableDo you feel your home tap drinking water is safe to drink?
YesNo
Primary drinking water source*** Percentage of respondents 
 Private supply 92.1 7.9 
 Public supply – municipal 88.8 11.2 
 Public supply – rural water district 85.6 14.4 
 Purchase bottled water 57.0 43.0 
Gender* 
 Male 84.1 15.9 
 Female 78.4 21.6 
Residence location 
 Inside city limits 82.3 17.7 
 Outside city limits, farming 79.2 20.8 
 Outside city limits, engaged in farming 83.8 16.2 
Education 
 Less than high school 76.3 23.7 
 High school graduate 82.5 17.5 
 Some college or vocational 80.4 19.6 
 College graduate 83.1 16.9 
 Advanced degree 81.2 18.8 
Age** 
 18–34 84.3 15.7 
 35–49 77.1 22.9 
 50–64 76.3 23.7 
 65 and older 88.2 11.8 
VariableDo you feel your home tap drinking water is safe to drink?
YesNo
Primary drinking water source*** Percentage of respondents 
 Private supply 92.1 7.9 
 Public supply – municipal 88.8 11.2 
 Public supply – rural water district 85.6 14.4 
 Purchase bottled water 57.0 43.0 
Gender* 
 Male 84.1 15.9 
 Female 78.4 21.6 
Residence location 
 Inside city limits 82.3 17.7 
 Outside city limits, farming 79.2 20.8 
 Outside city limits, engaged in farming 83.8 16.2 
Education 
 Less than high school 76.3 23.7 
 High school graduate 82.5 17.5 
 Some college or vocational 80.4 19.6 
 College graduate 83.1 16.9 
 Advanced degree 81.2 18.8 
Age** 
 18–34 84.3 15.7 
 35–49 77.1 22.9 
 50–64 76.3 23.7 
 65 and older 88.2 11.8 

*Significant at the 0.05 level.

**Significant at the 0.001 level.

***Significant at the 0.0001 level.

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