A recent survey by Public Policy Institute of California found that "majorities of Californians across parties and regions say that spending more money on California's roads, highways, and bridges is very important for the future quality of life and economic vitality of the state."
Importance of Surface Transportation on California's Future
(Source: Public Policy Institute of California)
Some interesting things to note:
- All but one of the major regions in the surveyed view congestion as a major problem - but opinions differ on the top priority. Almost equal numbers believe that spending should prioritized for transit and highway spending.
- The only transportation funding package surveyed was the administrations proposal, which received significantly less of an approval rating 43% that the percentage that said spending more money on transportation was important (61%).
- More than 60% of Californians would support another bond measure to support transportation.
- But fewer than half would support lowering the vote threshold for local sales taxes dedicated to transportation.
- Finally, Californians do not only want more money, they want government to use the available funds and resources more wisely.
The results of the entire survey are summarized in just a few paragraphs and charts here: