Polling and Surveys
Over the last few years, T4 America has conducted a handful of opinion polls and surveys on transportation and transportation-related issues. You can find those polls catalogued here, as well as a few from other organizations and sources below the T4 America polls. Send any questions to info [at] t4america [dot] org.
T4 America Polls
Future of Transportation National Survey
American voters overwhelmingly support broader access to public transportation and safe walking and biking, according to this national poll conducted in March 2010. American voters have a strong and broadly shared desire to expand the transportation options available to them, and for the federal government to take a more active role in financially supporting a wide range of transportation options – including public transportation, biking, and walking.
2009 Growth And Transportation Survey
This poll, conducted on behalf of Transportation for American and the National Association of Realtors, demonstrates that Americans are ready for major, transformative change — and a majority believe that completing the second half of our transportation system and repairing our roads and bridges, should take precedence over building new highways. USA Today’s “Snapshot” used data from this poll to make a front page graphic on May 13, 2009. Source: USA TODAY
Transportation spending in the economic stimulus
Eighty percent of Americans want transportation and other infrastructure spending included in the economic stimulus bill to target projects that achieve multiple goals and create new jobs, according to a survey sponsored by the National Association of Realtors® and Transportation for America. (Note, this just covered the stimulus-specific results excerpted from the broader 2009 Growth and Transportation Survey above.)
Other surveys and opinion research
Rockefeller Foundation 2011 transportation survey
This new bipartisan poll from the Rockefeller Foundation contains compelling arguments from a majority of Americans in favor of increased and accountable investment in transportation. The poll shows unequivocally that voters from across the political spectrum are tired of bickering and want Congress to seek compromise. And almost nowhere else is their desire for cooperation and solutions greater than with the issue of transportation infrastructure.
Yale University’s Project on Climate Change Communication
This poll focusing on climate change found broad consensus on how to tackle climate change, with transportation solutions among the answers with broadest support. Among all respondents, 80 favored more public transportation, 77 percent support installing bike lanes on city streets and 56 percent support reducing sprawl and targeting more development in city centers.
9/13/2010 USA Today graphic sourced from HTNB poll on infrastructure funding: