Poll Finds Anemic Gas Tax Support

A new poll finds the American public is divided over how to address the Highway Trust Fund shortfall – none of the options polled won majority support, and several have strong opposition. Of the four options – boost the gas tax, let private-sector companies build infrastructure and charge tolls, turn funding decisions back to the states and replace the gas tax with a VMT – devolution won the highest outright support at 30 percent. A per-mile fee got 20 percent, and the gas tax got a thumbs-up from only 14 percent of those polled. Opposition was strongest for the gas tax (58 percent) and tolls (46 percent). But each of the four options had a healthy dose of “neither support nor oppose” – indicating that many American take their transportation for granted and haven’t thought about how they might change the funding structure.

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