Twenty percent (20%) of voters favor having the federal government replace airplane travel with a nationwide high-speed rail system. A ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 51% disagree while 29% are not sure.
The topic has recently been floated by some advocates of a Green New Deal. Among the most liberal voters, 40% favor this approach while 30% are opposed. Urban voters are more supportive than those who live in the suburbs or rural areas. Younger voters are more open to the idea than their elders (see crosstab results).
It is important to note that the question didn’t mention anything about the costs involved in such a transition.
Overall, 69% of voters consider airplane travel Very Important to the United States. Forty-four percent (44%) say the same about passenger rail systems. Eighty-five percent (85%) believe the interstate highway system is that important.
Eighteen percent (18%) would like to replace automobile driving with a high-speed railroad system while 62% are opposed.
Forty-three percent (43%) of voters consider railroads a key part of America’s future. Twenty-nine percent (29%) see them as a relic of the past.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted February 10-11, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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