A Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance commissioned survey of 500 Northern Virginia residents finds that most residents do not believe Northern Virginia’s transportation problems can be properly addressed without raising taxes.
The survey finds that nearly six out of ten Northern Virginians would support a regional tax dedicated to funding regional priorities and 53% would support a 10-cent per gallon gas tax or an expenditure of about $1.00 per week to fix transportation.
The survey also documents the strong public support for the Alliance’s “Missing Links Priorities” including I-66 inside the Beltway (85% to 15%), I-66 outside the Beltway (73% to 15%), the Western Transportation Corridor (61% to 22%), the Eastern Bypass (69% to 16%), the Tri-County Parkway (61% to 18%) and a new Potomac River bridge (59% to 23%).
The survey was conducted September 3-11, 2009. A total of 500 area residents 18 years of age and older were interviewed. The sample was scientifically selected from a universe of all households with telephones in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park. The number of interviews conducted in each jurisdiction was proportional to that jurisdiction’s population to the region’s total population.
Interviews were conducted by Tel Opinion Research LLC, in Alexandria, Virginia. The confidence interval is such that 95% of the time, results from the 500 interviews will be within +/- 4.5% of every adult 18+ living in Northern Virginia.