New Poll Shows Bipartisan Opposition to BSB Tolls

Northern Kentucky opposes BSB tolls more than 2-1; willing to wait for federal funding even if it means delaying the project

According to new poll conducted on behalf of Northern Kentucky United, a majority of likely voters in Northern Kentucky oppose tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge by a 2-1 margin, with a majority of Democrats , Republicans, and Independents opposed to tolls on the bridge.

The survey of 3,304 of likely voters was conducted during the evening of January 15th, 2015. Polling was conducted in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties by automated survey. The margin of error is +/- 1%.

The poll results show clear opposition for the use of tolls for the project. 61% of respondents oppose tolls on the bridge, while only 27% support the use of tolls to fund the project. Additionally, 61% of respondents said if there are tolls on the bridge they would choose another route. An overwhelming majority (81%) believe that the Interstate Highway System is the responsibility of the Federal Government, and 51% of respondents are willing to wait for federal funding while only 35% do not favor waiting.

Among Democrats, 52% of respondents oppose tolls on the bridge, while only 32% support the idea of funding the project with tolls. 61% of Republicans and 63% of Independents oppose tolls on the bridge. A majority of Democrats (53%), Republicans (59%), and Independents (64%) plan to use a different route if there are tolls on the bridge.

Roughly 80% of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents surveyed believe the federal government is responsible for maintaining the Interstate System, including the Brent Spence Bridge. Significant pluralities of Democrats (44%), Republicans (50%), and Independents (50%) support waiting for federal funding, even if it means delaying the project.

Weighted responses to survey questions:

Q1 "Do you support or oppose tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge?"
Support Tolls 27%
Oppose Polls 61%
Unsure 12%

Q2 "If there are tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge will you pay the toll, or use a different route?"
Pay the Tolls 30%
Use Different Route 61%
Unsure 9%

Q3 "Do you believe it is the responsibility of the Federal Government to maintain the Interstate System, including the Brent Spence Bridge?"
Yes 81%
No 9%
Unsure 10%

Q4: "Are you in favor of waiting for federal funding for the bridge instead of tolls, even if it delays the project?"
Yes 51%
No 35%
Unsure 14%

 


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