NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- / J. Wallin Opinion Research / -- A new survey of California's voters reveals that only 12.0% want to see High Speed Rail funds remain dedicated to High Speed Rail.
Only 12.0% of California Voters Want to Keep High Speed Rail Funds Committed to High Speed Rail
Question: "California's High Speed Rail project is now projected to cost 64 billion dollars. With a budget like this, California could invest in other infrastructure projects instead of High Speed Rail. I'm going to read you a list of possible investments and please tell me which ones you'd prefer to see prioritized. If you'd rather spend all of the 64 billion dollar budget on High Speed Rail, just let me know."
- A plurality (44.4%) prefer to see High-Speed Rail funding go towards schools and education instead
- 32.3% prefer to see High-Speed Rail funding go towards repairing and building new bridges, roads and freeways instead
- 27.7% prefer to see High Speed Rail funding go towards helping to fix homelessness instead
"These are interesting results because even though polls have consistently shown that Californians tend to support High Speed Rail, we can see that once they are presented with realistic alternatives for spending High Speed Rail funding, they clearly prefer those dollars to be spent on more urgent matters," said Justin Wallin, CEO/Pollster who fielded the survey. "While voters tend to regard High Speed Rail as a 'nice to have', they prioritize other issues well above the project."
Methodology: From Saturday, April 22 through Wednesday, April 26, 2017 J. Wallin Opinion Research conducted a telephone survey of voters throughout the state of California. We interviewed 1,000 respondents using live, professional interviewers, speaking both Spanish and English languages and calling both mobile and landlines (34.9% of this survey was completed on mobile phones). A survey of this size yields a margin of error of +/-3.1% (95% confidence interval). Our sample is stratified, meaning that the demographic composition of our results matches the demographic composition of the region we surveyed.
J. Wallin Opinion Research (www.jwallin.com) specializes in opinion research on behalf of government, business, special interest and media clients.
SOURCE J. Wallin Opinion Research