A recent survey by AAA has found that about half of Americans support an increase in the federal gas tax to improve the nation’s transportation infrastructure.
The omnibus survey of 2,013 adults also found that two-thirds (68 percent) believe the federal government should be investing more in roads, bridges and mass transit. Other findings of the survey include:
- 43 percent believe the quality of roads and bridges has declined in the past three years;
- 67 percent consider taxes on gas and diesel to be appropriate sources of revenue for transportation funding; and
- Nearly three times as many Americans are more likely to vote for a member of Congress who supports increased funding for transportation than would be less likely.
“Americans are fed up with record-long commutes, unsafe highways and never-ending potholes caused by political inaction,” said AAA’s president and CEO, Bob Darbelnet. “Congress must prevent severe maintenance delays during the height of the summer driving season by preventing a Highway Trust Fund bankruptcy in August.”
“Many of us are willing to pay a little more if it means we will have access to better roads, bridges and transit systems,” continued Darbelnet. “It is time for our nation’s leaders to stand with those in Congress who support improving our country’s transportation system.”