A new poll conducted by a pro-transit business group finds that Triangle residents are pro-transit.
The Regional Transportation Alliance, a transportation advocacy business group, says the poll shows support for transit improvements and for a proposed half cent local tax to pay for them. The group also favors the sales tax funding approach.
The poll found that 49.1 percent favored legislation, now moving through the House, that would give Triangle voters the power to approve the transit sales tax, and 42.1 percent opposed it. Asked whether they would vote to tax themselves if the half-penny tax was placed on a local referendum ballot, a larger share said yes — 52.8 percent, with 43.7 percent opposed.
The numbers for Wake County alone were less favorable on the transit sales tax. The enabling legislation was opposed by 47.8 percent to 46.2 percent of the Wake voters surveyed, while the local sales tax vote itself was supported by 50.5 percent to 46.7 percent.
Fallon Research conducted the live interview poll of 1,006 registered voters in Wake, Durham and Orange counties. The poll claims a margin of error of plus or minus 3.08%. A statistical breakdown shows that 69.3% of respondents are white, 60.5% are employed outside the home and 40.2% live in Wake County.
That means Wake is underrepresented in the Triangle total, because 69% of the residents of the three counties live in Wake. RTA also published separate results for each of the three counties.
Here are some of the answers to some of the poll questions (questions are paraphrased here): ... [MORE]