Political party labels aside, Americans want to ride Amtrak
WASHINGTON — New polling shows Americans across the ideological spectrum support more public funding of Amtrak passenger rail service.
“We polled people who mostly do not live in large passenger rail regions, and yet they overwhelmingly said they want the same level of or more federal funding for Amtrak,” said John Previsich, president of the SMART-Transportation Division. “What’s interesting about this poll is that a majority of Democrats, Independents and Republicans alike all want to maintain or expand Amtrak service. It is now time for Congress to listen.”
In a poll conducted by DFM Research of St. Paul, Minn., from February to September 2013, eight districts in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri were polled and 70 percent of respondents said they support a robust federal government role in funding Amtrak. And in Illinois’ 3rd District, which includes the Chicago Amtrak hub, the percentage jumped to 80 percent.
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