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Poll Shows Marion County Residents Overwhelmingly Support Transit Plan

Monday, September 12, 2016   /   by Karen McGail

Poll Shows Marion County Residents Overwhelmingly Support Transit Plan

Poll results released at the end of August show broad-based support, at 61 percent approval, across Marion County registered voters for this fall’s ballot initiative to improve mass transit in Indianapolis. Following the public rollout of the grassroots initiative, Transit Drives Indy, there is clear momentum and public support for the Marion County Transit Plan. 

As American Strategies reported, “Sixty-one percent fully support the referendum, which will appear on the ballot this November, with just 33 percent opposed. The measure attracts bipartisan support and majority backing in each region of the county.”

Supporters self-identified as democrats (74%), independents (55%), and republicans (47%). Support was strongest in the northern (66%) and central (62%) parts of the county, though support was strong across the entire county.

“Coming on the heels of last week’s Transit Drives Indy rollout, the energy behind the transit movement continues to grow and gain momentum,” said Roger Lundy, president of MIBOR REALTOR® Association. “Marion County residents and the central Indiana region as a whole benefit from improved mass transit, providing the key to connecting neighborhoods, providing access to more housing opportunities and enabling independence for vulnerable populations.”

Polling has consistently shown large margins of support for improved transit service. An April 2016 survey showed statistically identical results. This August survey of 2,500 registered voters in Marion County conducted by Washington, DC based American Strategies has a margin of error of +/- 2 percent.

Resources: 
American Strategies Memo and Topline Data
Transit Drives Indy pubic release, Thursday August 25, 2016: Community Transit Supporters Launch Grassroots Effort "Transit Drives Indy"

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