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Just 33% Want Amtrak Subsidies to Continue

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Americans like the general idea of investing in infrastructure, but most want to stop underwriting the Amtrak rail service.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 33% of Likely Voters think the government should continue providing subsidies and grants to Amtrak. Fifty-three percent (53%) disagree and say the funding should stop. Last year, Amtrak received about $3 billion in federal underwriting. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Polling in 2009 found that most voters favor selling Amtrak to private investors as soon as possible. 

These results come despite the fact that 54% believe the federal government needs to spend more money on infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and trains. That argument was recently made by President Obama in his State of the Union address, and just 31% disagree with that sentiment.

 

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 10-11, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted byPulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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