Transportation Poll

This Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone Mar. 25 to 29, 2010, among a random sample of 1,107 adult residents of the Washington metro area, including users of both conventional and cellular phones. Interviews were conducted in English or Spanish. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt SRBI, Inc of New York, NY. The Washington area is defined as the District of Columbia, Prince George's and Montgomery counties in the state of Maryland and Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Fairfax City, Falls Church and Loudoun in the commonwealth of Virginia. All 2005 comparisons are to those in this same area.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. What do you think is the SINGLE MOST important TRANSPORTATION problem facing the area?

Summary -- 3/29/10                                       First     All              
                                                        mention  mentions                
                Gridlock/traffic/ too many cars on road    38       35
       Metro/public transportation system (Unspecified)    13       12
                        Road infrastructure/maintenance     9       11
                     Lack of public/mass transportation     8        8
                                          Safety issues     5        5
                          Cost of public transportation     4        5
Need to expand Metro routes into suburbs/beyond beltway     3        3
                       Dependable public transportation     3        3
                                    Lack of bus service     2        2
                                  Poor Metro management     2        2
                              Metro cutbacks in service     1        2
               Funding of public transportation systems     1        1
                                Parking/lack of parking     1        1
                             Bus takes too long/is slow     *        *
                                                  Other     7        8
                                            No problems     2        1
                                             No opinion     *        9

                        Public transportation issue NET    40
                                        Other issue NET    58

2. How often have you seen other drivers on the road (READ ITEM) -- is that something you see very often, somewhat often, occasionally, or hardly ever? (Though not given as an option, some respondents said "never." Items d and e asked of half samples.)

Summary -- 3/29/10              ------ Often ------   ---------- Not often ----------  
                                NET  Very  Somewhat   NET  Occas.  Hardly Ever  Never   No opinion
a. Not paying enough attention
   to their driving              80   61      19       19    14         4         *          1
b. Driving too aggressively      68   44      24       32    24         7         *          *
d. Holding a cell phone to
   their ear                     89   74      15       10     7         3         0          *
e. Typing on a cell phone
   or other mobile device        72   53      19       26    14         9         3          2

Trend where available:

a. Not paying enough attention to their driving

            ------ Often ------   ---------- Not often ----------  
            NET  Very  Somewhat   NET  Occas.  Hardly Ever  Never   No opinion 
3/29/10      80   61      19       19    14         4         *          1
1/31/05      77   49      28       22    19         3         *          1

b. Driving too aggressively

            ------ Often ------   ---------- Not often ----------  
            NET  Very  Somewhat   NET  Occas.  Hardly Ever  Never   No opinion 
3/29/10      80   61      19       19    14         4         *          1
1/31/05      77   49      28       22    19         3         *          1

3. (ASKED OF DRIVERS) How about you yourself - thinking honestly about your own driving, and remembering that no one's perfect -- how often have you (ITEM): very often, somewhat often, occasionally or hardly ever? (Though not given as an option, some respondents said "never.")

Summary -- 3/29/10              ------ Often ------   ---------- Not often ----------  
                                NET  Very  Somewhat   NET  Occas.  Hardly Ever  Never   No opinion
a. Not paid enough attention 
   to your driving               16    5      11       83    35        39         9          1
b. Driven too aggressively       12    3       9       87    26        45        16          1

Trend where available:

a. Not paid enough attention to your driving

            ------ Often ------   ---------- Not often ----------  
            NET  Very  Somewhat   NET  Occas.  Hardly Ever  Never   No opinion 
3/29/10      16    5      11       83    35        39         9          1
1/31/05      12    3       9       88    31        42        14          *

b. Driven too aggressively

            ------ Often ------   ---------- Not often ----------  
            NET  Very  Somewhat   NET  Occas.  Hardly Ever  Never   No opinion 
3/29/10      12    3       9       87    26        45        16          1
1/31/05      13    2      11       87    22        47        18          1

4. (ASKED OF DRIVERS) Please tell me if you do any of the following things to pass the time when you're driving in stop-and-go traffic, or not.

Summary -- 3/29/10                      Yes   No   No opinion
a. Talk on the phone                     54   45        1
b. Read a newspaper, book or magazine     3   96        1
c. Listen to the radio or music          92    7        1
d. Eat                                   42   57        1
e. (WOMEN) Put on make-up                14   86        1
f. Use a cell phone or other mobile  
   device to email, text or use the Web  23   76        1

Trend where available:

a. Talk on the phone

         Yes   No   No opinion   
3/29/10   54   45        1   
1/31/05   53   47        *

IF YES: Do you (hold the phone to your ear) or (use a hands-free device)?

          Hold phone to ear   Use hands-free   No opinion
3/29/10           44                54              2

b. Read a newspaper, book or magazine

         Yes   No   No opinion   
3/29/10    3   96        1   
1/31/05    7   93        0

c. Listen to the radio or music (2005 wording: "Listen to the radio, tapes or CDs")

         Yes   No   No opinion   
3/29/10   92    7        1   
1/31/05*  95    5        0

d. Eat

         Yes   No   No opinion   
3/29/10   42   57        1   
1/31/05   45   55        *

e. (Women) Put on make-up

         Yes   No   No opinion   
3/29/10   14   86        1   
1/31/05   16   84        0

5. Do you think it should be legal or illegal for people to talk on a hand-held cellphone while driving?

          Legal   Illegal   No opinion
3/29/10    21       76           3

6. Do you think it should it be legal or illegal for people to talk on a hands-free cellphone while driving?

          Legal   Illegal   No opinion
3/29/10    68       30           2

7. Do you think SENDING a text message or email while driving, either on a cell phone or other electronic device, should be legal or illegal?

          Legal   Illegal   No opinion
3/29/10     5       94         1

8. Do you think READING a text message or email while driving, either on a cell phone or other electronic device, should be legal or illegal?

          Legal   Illegal   No opinion
3/29/10     7       92         1

9. One final topic, thinking about Washington's professional sports teams, would you say your favorite team is the (Redskins), (Nationals), (Wizards), (DC United), (Mystics) or (Capitals), or don't you prefer any of these teams? (Though they weren't provided as options, some respondents said the Washington Kastles or Baltimore Orioles or Ravens were their favorite local team.)

                3/29/10
Redskins           31
Capitals           13
Nationals           8
Wizards             5
D.C. United         5
Mystics             1
Orioles             1
Kastles             *
Ravens              *
Don't prefer any   32
No opinion          4

10. Have you ever been to a Washington Nationals baseball game, or not?

               Yes    No   No opinion
3/29/10         35    64        *
7/18/06 D.C.    36    64       NA

11. How likely is it that you'll go to a Nationals game this year -- very likely, somewhat likely, not so likely or not likely at all? (Though not provided as an option, some respondents said they wouldn't go.)

          ------ Likely -------   ------ Not likely -------      
          NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   Won't go  No opinion
3/29/10   39     19       20      54      13        42            6          1

12. Considering everything, do you think bringing the Washington Nationals major league baseball team to the District has been a (good thing) or a (bad thing) for the city?

                Good     Bad     Mixed/Both     No opinion
3/29/10          76        7          0             17
1/8/08  D.C.     71       20          5              4
7/18/06 D.C.     64       23          5              7

Comapre to:

As you may know, the former Montreal Expos professional baseball team is moving to Washington D.C. next spring and will play in RFK Stadium until a new stadium can be built. Do you think having a professional baseball team in the District will be (mainly a good thing) or (mainly a bad thing) for the city? (Though not provided as options, some respondents said neither or indicated mixed feelings.)

           Mainly a good thing    Mainly a bad thing   Mixed   Neither   No opinion
11/7/04            68                     18             5        5           4

As you may have heard, the District is competing to get a major league baseball team whose games would be played in the city. Do you think it would be mainly a good thing for DC to have a major league baseball team, or mainly a bad thing?

               Good    Bad    No opinion 
5/19/02 D.C.    84      11         6

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