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Poll Shows Voters Frustrated With Traffic

Tim Craig

There is another poll out that shows the public doesn't think the recently approved transportation package will do enough to solve the state's traffic woes.

On Sunday, the Washington Post published a poll that showed voters by a 2 to 1 margin don't think the transportation funding package supported by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D)_ and GOP leaders, designed to raise $1 billion annually, does enough.

The findings in The Post poll are confirmed in a survey released today by Christopher Newport University. That poll found just 18 percent of voters think the transportation deal, which relies on regional taxing districts in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, goes far enough in solving the problem.

The CNU poll found that a slim majority, 55 percent, of voters support the concept of regional taxing districts. Democrats are evenly split on the idea while independents and Republicans support them.

The Post survey t showed transportation remains the most frequently cited problem in the state, and more than six in 10 voters said traffic congestion is a problem where they live, including nine in 10 residents of Northern Virginia.

"These numbers reflect the public's pessimistic view of the transportation plan. Voters just don't think it will really solve the problem," said Quentin Kidd, director of CNU Center for Public Policy said of the survey his organization conducted between Sept. 27 and Oct. 1.

The CNU poll also found that voters by a margin of 58 percent to 38 percent disapprove of the new fees on bad drivers, which GOP leaders pushed for as a substitute to a statewide tax increase. In the Post poll, nearly two-thirds of likely voters oppose the fees, which range from $750 to $3,000 and target serious traffic offenses and those with multiple driving violations. Fifty-six percent of likely voters in the Post poll said they are less likely to vote for a candidate who supported them.

"We clearly see voter frustration with the abuser fees, and this frustration is spread across all regions of the state," Kidd said.

The CNU poll found that 70 percent of voters blame "everyone" for the fees. But the Post poll found that Kaine's approval remained high - 67 percent among likely voters - despite his support for the fees. But just 40 percent of likely voters approve of the way Republicans in the legislature are doing their job.

By Tim Craig  |  October 15, 2007; 12:02 PM ET
Categories:  Abusive Driver Fees , General Assembly 2008 , Polls , Tim Craig , Transportation  
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everyone agrees that transportation is a problem until they are faced with road construction within ten miles of their homes, higher fines for the worst drivers in those rare occasions that they are actually stopped, or the taxes necessary to fix anything

Posted by: Anonymous | October 15, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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