California Voters on State Spending and High-Speed Rail

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California Voters Disapprove of How Sacramento Spend Their Tax Dollars, Voters Sour on High-Speed Rail According to Recent Polling by Probolsky Research LLC

When put to the test, 62.4% would vote to stop California’s high speed rail (HSR) project.

Recent polling conducted by Probolsky Research LLC revealed that of California voters, a sizable majority (66.4%) of Californians disapproves of the way that California’s state government spends their tax dollars.

When asked how they would prefer that state government spending was prioritized given limited state funds, voters overwhelmingly selected Education, Public Safety and Health/Social Services. High-speed rail between Los Angeles and San Francisco ranks last.

When put to the test, 62.4% would vote to stop California’s high speed rail (HSR) project.

Voter intensity concerning the topic is high, with 81.4% of those who would vote to stop the project saying they would “definitely” vote to halt high-speed rail in California.

Opposition to the project doesn’t appear born of ignorance of California’s high-speed rail endeavor. The more voters know about high-speed rail, the more they are likely to vote to stop the project.

High-speed rail ridership: 63.3% of voters say they are unlikely to ever travel on the high-speed train between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

From Wednesday, August 10 through Monday, August 15, 2011 Probolsky Research conducted a telephone survey of likely June, 2012 Primary Election California voters. A total of 750 surveys were collected. A survey of this size yields a margin of error of +/- 3.7% with a 95% degree of confidence. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. Interviews were conducted with voters on both landline and cell phones.

Probolsky Research LLC specializes in opinion research on behalf of government, corporate, political and media clients.


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