Washington Policy Center Statewide Poll on Traffic Relief, Prop. 1, and Tolling
Seattle - Washington Policy Center has released a statewide poll that tests the importance of traffic relief both in the Puget Sound region and Washington State.
The survey makes the following key findings:
- 70% of voters statewide say traffic congestion is an “extremely” or “fairly” important issue for state government to address
- But only 25% rate the state’s efforts as “excellent” or “good,” while 69% rate those efforts “not so good” or “poor”
- On a statewide basis, voters place a higher priority on reducing traffic congestion (51%) than funding other transportation needs (38%)
- Of those who voted against Prop. 1, 44% would have voted for it if they had been convinced the measure would reduce traffic congestion
“Knowing that nearly half of those who voted against Prop. 1 would have supported the measure if it reduced congestion demonstrates to policymakers the importance of mobility,” says Michael Ennis, director of WPC’s Center for Transportation Policy. “Overall, these poll results clearly show that voters think congestion relief should be a higher priority in Washington.”
The poll was conducted by Moore Information as a telephone survey to 500 voters across Washington State, with an oversample of respondents in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. The release includes the poll results, an executive summary and a powerpoint presentation.
This information builds on Washington Policy Center’s Five Principles for a Responsible Transportation Policy. These principles place congestion relief as the cornerstone in any successful plan.