Monday, October 03, 2011

California voters turn against high-speed rail

High-speed rail project rates low in voters' priorities
Dan Walters
Sacramento Bee

Nearly two-thirds of California's likely voters would, if given the chance, stop the state's controversial high-speed rail project, according to a new Probosky Research poll.

The head of the Irvine-based GOP polling outfit, Adam Probosky, said that he included state budget priorities and the proposed bullet train, which would link the northern and southern regions of the state, as "fun questions" in a wider attitudinal poll of those likely to vote in next year's election.

The poll found that 62.4 percent of respondents would vote to stop the bullet train project and virtually the same number said they are unlikely ever to travel on the train between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Finally, the project came in dead last, at 11.2 percent, in a list of voters' spending priorities, with education ranking first, followed by public safety, health and welfare services, water and protecting the environment.

Thanks to the Community Coalition on High-Speed Rail for the link.