Shocker: Slanted Transportation Poll Yields Slanted Results

By Erica C. Barnett May 18, 2011

Speaking of manufactured outrage LINK, the right-leaning Washington Policy Center has a poll today that, on its face, reveals a total lack of public faith in elected officials' ability to lead on transportation, and a wholesale obsession among voters with "congestion relief" over things like transit, which the WPC generally opposes funding.

Sounds bad for transit supporters, right? Except---whoops---it turns out the questions are wildly skewed to produce pro-car results.

For example:

Mr. Smith believes state government should try to get people out of their cars and that we need to focus tax dollars on public transportation, not building more highways. He says trying to fix traffic congestion with road improvements will result in more people driving more cars, more damage to the environment and more congestion.


Mr. Jones believes state government should focus on fixing traffic congestion chokepoints. Congestion relief will help commuters get to work, help businesses move their products.

Here's a shocker: Given the choice between "getting commuters to work and helping business, or preventing people from driving cars, 51 percent agreed that "congestion relief" was more important.

The truly shocking thing? Even with that skewed question, 35 percent of respondents said they'd prioritize getting people out of their cars over "congestion relief."
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