Survey of 1,000 American Adults

 

A majority of the 1,000 American adults who recently participated in a national telephone survey think the federal government should support more mass transit projects - unless the projects lose money.

 

Fifty-two percent think the federal government should do more to encourage use of mass transit services in this country, including funding more public transportation projects. Thirty-four percent are opposed to more government promotion of mass transit, while 14 percent are undecided.

 

Just 42 percent, however, believe the government should continue to fund mass transit services if they lose money, though that’s up six points from 2013. Just as many (40 percent) oppose government funding of money-losing transit services. Eighteen percent are not sure.

 

City dwellers and suburbanites are much more supportive of government encouragement of mass transit use than those in rural areas are. Most of those living in cities (55 percent) think the federal government should continue to fund mass transit services even when they lose money, but just 39 percent of those who live in suburban areas and 21 percent of those in rural areas agree.