What Do Americans Think About Federal Tax Options to Support Transportation? Results from Year Fifteen of a National Survey

This research project will design and administer an online national public opinion poll that asks 2,500 US residents their views on various transportation tax and fee options available at the state and federal level. The questionnaire will build off the authors’ 2010 - 2023 trend surveys, using many of the same questions, but modifying others and adding in new questions. The survey will gather information on support levels for a variety of transportation revenue tools, including raising the federal gas tax and rate and replacing the gas tax with a mileage fee. Finally, the survey will collect standard socio-demographic data.

San José State University
Principal Investigator: 
Asha Weinstein Agrawal
PI Contact Information: 

asha.weinstein.agrawal@sjsu.edu; 408-924-5691

San Jose State University

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December 2023 to June 2024
Implementation of Research Outcomes: 

Conduct an online public opinion poll of 2,500 US residents that asks their views on various transportation tax and fee options available at the state and federal level.

Impacts/Benefits of Implementation: 

This project will be of use to transportation professionals, legislators, and members of the public working to identify sustainable sources of transportation revenue. Over the past decades, the transportation revenues available from traditional sources such as state and federal gas taxes have fallen significantly in real terms, and especially in real dollars per mile traveled. At the same time, the US transportation system requires critical—and expensive—system upgrades. This dilemma of growing needs and shrinking revenues can be resolved in only two ways: either the nation dramatically lowers its goals for system preservation and enhancement, or new revenues must be raised. If the latter is to happen, legislators must be convinced that doing so is politically feasible. Surveys such as this one play an important role in helping transportation professionals, legislators, and interested members of the public to understand public opinion. This national survey provides a unique data source because it is longitudinal, showing policymakers how public opinion may be changing over time. No other large-sample-size, national survey about public opinion on transportation funding sources has been conducted repeatedly over time with the same questions.

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