SELECT PUBLIC POLICY POLLS FOR SMART
KS-1 Survey, January 2017
IA-1 Survey, November 2015
CA-10 Survey, October 2015
Minnesota Rail Survey - April 2015
WV-3 Rail Survey - April 2014
PA-9 Rail Survey - November 2013
MO-8 Amtrak Survey - March 2013
IL-13 Amtrak Survey - February 2013
AS REPORTED IN POLITICO ON APRIL 8, 2013:
Poll Your Weight: The polling firm that found residents in a pair of deep-red districts like Amtrak also checked in with Missouri's 8th on whether they want heavier trucks. Asked if they support boosting the limit from 80K to 97K pounds, nearly three-quarters (74 percent) said no, 17 percent want heavier trucks and 8 percent was unsure. The demographic breakdown largely followed those figures - except for those over 65, who oppose bigger trucks on a 83-9 margin. The House seat is currently open following the resignation of Jo Ann Emerson. Pros can check out the splits from the DFM Research poll commissioned by the United Transportation Union:
AS REPORTED IN POLITICO ON APRIL 5, 2013:
Amtrak Popular in GOP Strongholds: Any keen MT reader knows that Amtrak isn't the most popular thing for some Republicans. But a new poll that looks at three House districts - two of which are deep red - shows that residents support the railroad when informed that cutting off federal funds could mean an end to their passenger rail service. Overall, 65 percent supported Amtrak funding while only 21 percent wanted to end the federal subsidy. Narrowed to just the GOP respondents, 52 percent wanted to keep funding level or increase it and 31 percent wanted it cut off. The strong showing in GOP districts in North Dakota and Missouri could give Amtrak a talking point as it keeps an eye on Congress, which is in the early stages of writing a new authorization bill ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline.
AS REPORTED IN POLITICO ON MAY 6, 2013:
POLL PARTY - Truck weights and Amtrak: MT wrote a while back about a few polls of several House districts on truck weights and Amtrak. DFM is out with some more data that includes Indiana's 4th Congressional District, a seat held by Republican Todd Rokita. On truck weights, 15 percent support boosting the limit to 97,000 pounds and 74 percent oppose it. We've already written about the Missouri 8th breakdown, which was very similar (17-74). On Amtrak, even though 84 percent said they haven't ridden it in the past few years, 64 percent still had a favorable opinion, key because the state is being called upon to provide money to retain service. There's a lot more interesting data on Amtrak but what jumped out at MT is that a quarter of the district's residents haven't ever heard of Rokita, their House member.