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. In general, when getting places you need to go in the area where you live, how often do you travel by car -- nearly all the time, most of the time, some of the time or hardly ever? (Though not provided as answers, some respondents said they never travel by car.)

                        3/29/10        1/31/05
Nearly all the time       59             65
Most of the time          18             20
Some of the time          13              9
Harly ever                 7              6
Never                      3              *
No opinion                 0              * 

(IF TRAVEL BY CAR) Thinking about the trips you make on an average weekday, about how much time do you spend in the car: less than 30 minutes, 30 minutes to an hour, one to two hours, or more than two hours? (The January 2005 poll used the phrasing "how much time do you spend driving.")

                       3/29/10   1/31/05 
Less than 30 minutes     26        20
30 minutes to an hour    33        33
One to two hours         28        25
More than two hours      13        19
Never drive               0         3
No opinion                1         0

4. Would you say the traffic in your area has gotten much better, somewhat better, stayed about the same, gotten somewhat worse, or gotten much worse over the last five years?

           --------Better-------            --------Worse--------    
           NET   Much   Somewhat    Same    NET   Somewhat   Much   No opinion
3/29/10     10     3        7        26      60      30       30         4 
1/31/05      6     2        5        22      66      23       42         6

(IF TRAFFIC HAS GOTTEN WORSE) What would you say is the main reason the traffic has gotten worse in the last five years (road construction), (traffic accidents), (a high volume of vehicles) or what? (Though not offered as an option, a significant number of readers indicated a lack of infrastructure as a primary cause.)

                               3/29/10
A high volume of vehicles        72
Road construction                19
Traffic accidents                 2
Lack of infrastructure            3
Something else                    4
No opinion                        1

5. How often do you, yourself, get stuck driving in traffic jams – every day, several times a week, several times a month, a few times a year, or never?

                        3/29/10   1/31/05
Every day                 18        29
Several times a week      29        28
Several times a month     26        21
A few times a year        16        11
Never                     11        10
No opinion                 1         *

6. At present, are you yourself employed part-time or full-time, or are you retired or something else?

          Employed    Employed             Something     No
          part-time   full-time   Retired    else     opinion
3/29/10      18          52         17        14          *

(IF EMPLOYED) Are you yourself employed outside the home, or not?

           Yes     No     No opinion
3/29/10    94       6          *

Employed outside the home, among all respondents:

           Yes     No     No opinion
3/29/10    65      35          *
1/31/05    69      31          0

7. (ASKED OF COMMUTERS, THOSE WHO WORK OUTSIDE THE HOME) How do you usually get to work - do you drive alone, drive or ride with someone else, walk, take a bus, take the Metrorail subway system, take other public transportation, or what? IF MORE THAN ONE: Which do you consider to be the PRIMARY way you get to work? (Though not provided as answers, some respondents said they commuted via bicycle, another mode of transportation, or multiple modes.)

                                  3/29/10   1/31/05 
Drive alone                         65        70
Take the Metrorail subway system    13        14
Drive or ride with someone else      8         7
Take a bus                           5         3
Walk                                 3         *
Take other public transportation     2         1
Bicycle                              *        NA
Other                                1         * 
More than one of the above           2         4 
No opinion                           *         0

(ASKED OF COMMUTERS WHO DO NOT TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION) Which comes closer to your own situation, (it is possible for me to take public transportation from home to work, but for various reasons I usually don't) or (it is not possible for me to get from home to work using public transportation)? (Though not provided as an option, some respondents said they do not take public transportation.)

                                   Do not take public       No
          Possible   Not possible    transportation      opinion
3/29/10      52           43                3                1
1/31/05      40           56                3                1

8. (ASKED OF COMMUTERS) Does your employer offer money or other incentives to encourage people to take public transportation to work, or not?

          Yes    No    No opinion
3/29/10    37    59         4

(IF EMPLOYER OFFERS INCENTIVES) Do you participate in that program?

          Yes    No     No opinion
3/29/10    45    55         0

Questions 10 and 10a combined:

           --------- Offers incentives -----------   No incentives      No
           NET   Participate   Do not   No opinion      offered      opinion
3/29/10     37       16          20          0           59              4

9. (ASKED OF COMMUTERS) Do you work in Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia? (Some respondents said they worked elsewhere.)

         Maryland   Virginia   The District   Elsewhere   No opinion
3/29/10     29         39           29            2            *
1/31/05     30         35           33            1            *

10. (ASKED OF COMMUTERS) About how far do you live from your place of work, in miles?

          Less than five   Between 5 and 15   15 to 30   More than 30   No opinion
3/29/10         17                39             27           13             5
1/31/05         12                44             28           12             4

11. (ASKED OF COMMUTERS) How many minutes does it usually take you to commute from home to work?

         Less than 30   Between 30 and 60   More than 60   No opinion
3/29/10       39                44               16             *
1/31/05       38                43               18             1

12. (ASKED OF THOSE WHO COMMUTE BY CAR OR BUS) Just your best guess, on AVERAGE how much time do you think traffic congestion adds to your daily commute? That is, how many more minutes do you spend driving one way, compared to what it would be with no traffic?

          5 or less   6-14   15-29   More than 30   No opinion
3/29/10       17       21      35         23             4
1/31/05       19       21      30         28             2

13. (ASKED OF COMMUTERS) Do you ever telecommute—that is, work at home using your computer rather than going to a place of work?

          Yes      No     No opinion
3/29/10    28      72          0

14. (ASKED IF EVER TELECOMMUTE) How often do you telecommute: every day, several times a week, once a week, several times a month, or less often than that?

                         3/29/10
Every day                   3
Several times a week       15
Once a week                20
Several times a month      28
Less often than that       33
No opinion                  1

15. (ASKED IF EVER TELECOMMUTE) In deciding to telecommute, how important a factor is how long it takes to get to and from work –- the single most important factor, one of several important factors, but not the most important; or not a factor you?

          Single most important   One of several important factors   Not a factor   No opinion
3/29/10             13                            40                      47             0

16. Have you EVER moved to a home closer or more convenient to your or someone in your household’s place of work primarily to improve the commute, or not?

           Yes     No     No opinion
3/29/10     28     71          1
1/31/05     26     74          0

(ASKED IF EMPLOYED AND HAVE NEVER MOVED TO EASE COMMUTE) Would you seriously consider moving to improve your commute, or not?

           Yes     No    Not an option    No opinion
3/29/10     24     74          1			         1

17. I would like you to rate some types of public transportation available in some parts of the greater Washington area. If you have never used this type of public transportation, just tell me and I will move on. Generally speaking, how would you rate (ITEM): Excellent, good, not-so-good or poor?

Summary -- 3/29/10               ------Positive------  -------Negative-------  Never     No
                                 NET  Excellent  Good  NET  Not so good  Poor   use   opinion 
a. The Metrorail subway system    70     14       56    17      13         4     12       1
b. The Metro bus system           42      4       37    16      12         4     41       2
c. Local bus service operated
   by your county or city         34      7       27    14      10         4     50       2

Trend data:

a. The Metrorail subway system

                ------Positive------  -------Negative-------  Never     No
                NET  Excellent  Good  NET  Not so good  Poor   use   opinion 
3/29/10          70     14       56    17      13         4     12       1
3/29/10 Users    80     16       64    19      15         4     NA       1
1/31/05          75     25       50    12       9         3     12       *
1/31/05 Users    86     29       57    14      11         3     NA       *

b. The Metro bus system

                ------Positive------  -------Negative-------  Never     No
                NET  Excellent  Good  NET  Not so good  Poor   use   opinion 
3/29/10          42      4       37    16      12         4     41       2
3/29/10 Users    70      7       63    26      19         7     NA       3
1/31/05          46      7       39    15      11         5     39       1
1/31/05 Users    75     11       64    25      17         7     NA       1

c. Local bus service operated by your county or city

                ------Positive------  -------Negative-------  Never     No
                NET  Excellent  Good  NET  Not so good  Poor   use   opinion 
3/29/10          34      7       27    14      10         4     50       2
3/29/10 Users    68     13       55    28      20         9     NA       4
1/31/05          33      4       28    11       8         3     55       1
1/31/05 Users    74     10       64    25      18         6     NA       2

18. Now I'd like you to think specifically about the Metrorail subway system. Do you ride the Metro very often, fairly often, sometimes, or rarely? (Though not offered as an option, some respondents said they never used Metrorail.)

          ------ Often ------   ---------- Not often -----------
          NET   Very   Fairly   NET   Sometimes   Rarely   Never   No opinion
3/29/10    23    15       8      77      30         33      14          0
1/31/05    25    16       9      75      26         35      14          0

19. (ASKED OF COMMUTERS) How often do you take the Metro to commute to work: Very often, fairly often, sometimes, or never?

          ------ Often ------   ----- Not often -------   
          NET   Very   Fairly   NET   Sometimes   Never  No opinion
3/29/10   20     16       4     80       17        63         0
1/31/05   24     19       5     76       15        62         0

20. (ASKED OF THOSE WHO REPORT EVER USING METRORAIL) In terms of (ITEM), would you rate the Metro as excellent, good, not-so-good or poor?

Summary -- 3/29/10           ------Positive------  -------Negative-------      No
                             NET  Excellent  Good  NET  Not so good  Poor   opinion 
a. Reliability                75     14       61    23      18         5        2  
b. Comfort                    78     14       64    20      16         4        2
c. Being a good value         72     14       59    26      18         8        2
d. Going to the places that   
   you want to go             78     18       59    20      14         6        2
e. Convenience to your home   64     23       42    34      19        15        1
f. (ASKED OF COMMUTERS)
   Convenience to your work   51     23       28    43      18        24        7
g. Safety                     67     12       54    31      23         8        3

Trend data:

a. Reliability

           ------Positive------  -------Negative-------      No
           NET  Excellent  Good  NET  Not so good  Poor   opinion 
3/29/10     75     14       61    23      18         5        2
1/31/05     87     19       68    12       8         3        1

b. Comfort

           ------Positive------  -------Negative-------      No
           NET  Excellent  Good  NET  Not so good  Poor   opinion 
3/29/10     78     14       64    20      14         4        2
1/31/05     83     16       68    16      12         4        *

c. Being a good value

           ------Positive------  -------Negative-------      No
           NET  Excellent  Good  NET  Not so good  Poor   opinion 
3/29/10     72     14       59    26      18         8        2
1/31/05     75     16       59    24      19         5        2

d. Going to the places that you want to go

           ------Positive------  -------Negative-------      No
           NET  Excellent  Good  NET  Not so good  Poor   opinion 
3/29/10     78     18       59    20      14         6        2
1/31/05     77     18       59    22      18         4        1

e. Convenience to your home

           ------Positive------  -------Negative-------      No
           NET  Excellent  Good  NET  Not so good  Poor   opinion 
3/29/10     64     23       42    34      19        15        1
1/31/05     63     21       42    37      23        14        *

f. (ASKED OF COMMUTERS) Convenience to your work

           ------Positive------  -------Negative-------      No
           NET  Excellent  Good  NET  Not so good  Poor   opinion 
3/29/10     51     23       28    43      18        24	      7
1/31/05     52     21       31    43      19        24        5

21. (ASKED OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT REGULAR METRO RIDERS) Here are reasons some people give for not riding Metro more often. For each, tell me if this is a big reason, a small reason or not a reason why you, personally, do not ride Metro more often.

Summary -- 3/29/10                                ---- Reason -----       
                                                  NET   Big   Small   Not a reason   No opinion
a. I live too far away from a Metro station        49    35     14         49             2
b. It is too hard to find parking near the Metro   43    30     14         53             3
c. It is too expensive                             36    16     20         62             3
d. It takes too long to get where I want to go     46    24     22         51             3
e. It does not go where I want to go               51    31     19         46             3
f. I prefer driving                                62    43     20         36             2
g. The trains are too crowded                      39    16     23         58             3
h. (ASKED OF COMMUTERS) I work too far away 
   from a Metro station                            56    45     11         43             2
i. The system is unsafe                            29    10     19         68             3

Trend data:

a. I live too far away from a Metro station

         ---- Reason -----       
         NET   Big   Small   Not a reason   No opinion 
3/29/10   49    35     14         49             2
1/31/05   48    32     16         52             *

b. It is too hard to find parking near the Metro

         ---- Reason -----       
         NET   Big   Small   Not a reason   No opinion 
3/29/10   43    30     14         53             3
1/31/05   47    32     15         50             3

c. It is too expensive

         ---- Reason -----       
         NET   Big   Small   Not a reason   No opinion 
3/29/10   36    16     20         62             3
1/31/05   33     9     23         66             2

d. It takes too long to get where I want to go

         ---- Reason -----       
         NET   Big   Small   Not a reason   No opinion 
3/29/10   46    24     22         51             3
1/31/05   52    30     21         47             1

e. It does not go where I want to go

         ---- Reason -----       
         NET   Big   Small   Not a reason   No opinion 
3/29/10   51    31     19         46             3
1/31/05   58    37     20         41             2

f. I prefer driving

         ---- Reason -----       
         NET   Big   Small   Not a reason   No opinion 
3/29/10   62    43     20         36             2
1/31/05   67    46     21         32             *

g. The trains are too crowded

         ---- Reason -----       
         NET   Big   Small   Not a reason   No opinion 
3/29/10   39    16     23         58             3
1/31/05   33    15     19         62             4

h. (ASKED OF COMMUTERS) I work too far away from a Metro station

         ---- Reason -----       
         NET   Big   Small   Not a reason   No opinion 
3/29/10   56    45     11         43             2
1/31/05   59    47     12         41             *

22. (ASKED OF THOSE WHO EVER USE METRO) Compared with a few years ago, do you take Metro (more) often than you used to, (less) often, or about the same as before?

          More   Less   About the same   No opinion
3/29/10    15     34          48              2

23. (ASKED OF THOSE WHO NEVER USE METRO) Thinking back a few years, did you used to take the Metro, or not?

           Yes     No     No opinion
3/29/10    27      72          1

24. (IF RIDING METRO LESS NOW) What is the MAIN reason you are riding Metro less often these days?

Summary -- 3/29/10          First mention   All mentions                                         
Prefer to drive own car           16              16
Changed job                       14              14
Moved/changed home                11              12
Retired                           11              11
No convenient access              10              11
Not safe                           5               6
No/less need                       5               5
Increased fares                    4               5
Too crowded                        3               4
Unemployed                         3               3
Takes too long/too slow            3               3
Disabled/handicapped               3               3
Parking/No parking                 2               2
Not convenient                     2               2
Not reliable/dependable            1               1
Service cutbacks                   *               *
Other                              6               6
No opinion                         1               1

25. As you may know, there have been several recent accidents on the Metrorail system. Overall do you approve or disapprove of the way Metro has responded to these incidents? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------       
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly    No opinion
3/29/10    49       10         39      35       17         18           16

26. Now I'd like you to think specifically about the METROBUS system. Do you ride Metro BUSES very often, fairly often, sometimes, or rarely? (Though not provided as an option, some respondents said they never use Metrobus.)

          ------ Often ------   ---------- Not often ----------
          NET   Very   Fairly   NET   Sometimes   Rarely  Never   No opinion
3/29/10   12      8      3      88       12         29      46         *

27. (ASKED OF COMMUTERS WHO DO NOT ALREADY USE THE BUS) What, if any, changes or improvements in bus transportation would make you more likely to use buses for your commute to work?

                                             3/29/10
Expand routes/stations closer to my destination     27
Improve frequency of schedule                       18
Improve dependability/on time service                7
Offer express routes/no/fewer stops                  4
Quicker/faster service                               4
Cheaper fares                                        2
Make it safer                                        2
Advertise/provide more/better schedule information   2
Convenience (Unspecified)                            1
Make it less over-crowded                            1
More fuel efficient/eco-friendly                     *
Other                                                8
No suggestions/do not/would not use buses           23
No opinion                                           1

28. In recent years the Metro system has run up against funding shortages. Do you think (Metro should operate within its existing budget, even if this might mean cutting current services), or do you think (the region should find a new way to fund Metro, even if this might mean raising taxes on area residents)?

                              3/29/10   1/31/05  
Operate in existing budget      40        32           
Find a new way to fund Metro    52        63       
No opinion                      8          5

(ASKED OF THOSE WHO SAY FIND A NEW WAY TO FUND METRO) Some people say that new money for the overall Metro system should come from (higher taxes across the region, since improved public transportation benefits the community generally). Others say the money should come from (Metro fare increases, since riders would receive the most direct benefit)? In your view, should new money come from (higher taxes) or (higher fares)? (Though not provided as options some respondents said "both" or suggested other options means.)

          Taxes   Fares   Both   Other   No opinion
3/29/10    43      36      15      3          3

29. Changing topics, in general, do you think government efforts to reduce traffic congestion in the Washington region should be focused more on expanding and building roads, or on providing more public transportation options, such as trains or buses?

           Focus on roads    Provide more options    No opinion
3/29/10          30                  62                   8

30. In general, which of the following do you think is a better way to pay for highway expansion or new highways in your area: (raising taxes) or (charging tolls on the new highways)? (Though not given as an option, some respondents said neither was a good option.)

          Taxes   Tolls   Neither   No opinion
3/29/10     32      52       13          3
1/31/05     31      60        7          2

31. Some places open HOV lanes to single drivers who pay an extra toll. (Supporters say this eases traffic congestion and raises money for highway projects or public transportation.) (Opponents say it’s unfair to lower-income drivers who can’t afford the extra toll.) What’s your opinion - do you support or oppose this system? IF NEEDED: HOV lanes are those lanes restricted to cars carrying at least two or three people.

           -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------       
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   No opinion
3/29/10     60      26         34       34      13         21           6
1/31/05     58      NA         NA       38      NA         NA           4

32. Another plan is to charge adjustable tolls on toll roads to try to spread out the flow of traffic – higher tolls at times of day when traffic is heavy, and lower tolls at times of day when traffic is light. Is that something you support or oppose?

           -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
3/29/10    53       25         28      41       14         27         6
1/31/05    52       NA         NA      46       NA         NA         2

33. What do you think of the use of automatic cameras to catch people running stop signs or red lights – is that something you support or oppose? (Asked of a half-sample.)

             Support     Oppose     No opinion
3/29/10        60          38            3
1/31/05        60          39            1

34. What do you think of the use of automatic cameras to catch people driving over the speed limit – is that something you support or oppose? (Asked of a half-sample.)

             Support     Oppose     No opinion
3/29/10        51          47            2

35. Would you support or oppose paying a higher gasoline tax if the money is used for transportation projects such as building roads, traffic management or public transportation? (Though not provided as an option, some respondents said their opinion depended on what the money would be used for.)

          Support  Oppose   Depends what it's used for   No opinion
3/29/10     46       48                 3                     2
1/31/05     52       45                 2                     1

36. 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

37. (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

38. (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

39. 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

40. 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

41. 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

42. 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

43. (ASKED OF THOSE WHO LIVE OR WORK IN D.C.) Do you approve or disapprove of the District's effort to increase the number of bicycle lanes on major roads? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------        
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   No opinion
3/29/10     65      42         23       24      10         14          10

44. Do you think the local government in your area is doing too (much) to accommodate walkers and bikers, too (little) or is it about right?

          Too much   Too little   About right   No opinion
3/29/10       6          33           54             8

45. Have you ever used Zipcar, or another car sharing service in the Washington area, or not? (Some respondents said they'd never heard of the services.)

          Yes   No   Never heard of it   No opinion
3/29/10    5    91           3                1

ASKED IF HAVE NOT USED ZIPCAR/CAR SHARING) Is that something you would seriously consider doing, or not?

           Yes     No     No opinion
3/29/10     27     69          4

46. (ASKED OF THOSE WHO USE METRORAIL) Now thinking about Metrorail, which line do you use most often - (Red), (Blue), (Orange), (Yellow) or (Green)?

            3/29/10
Red           35
Orange        26
Blue          14
Green         13
Yellow         6
No opinion     7

47. (ASKED OF THOSE WHO USE METRORAIL) On which Metroline, if any, have you experienced the most problems -- (Red), (Blue), (Orange), (Yellow) or (Green)? (Though not provided as an option, many respondents said "none.")

            3/29/10
Red           36
Orange        12
Blue           7
Green          5
Yellow         2
None          31
No opinion     8

48. 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 (vol.)      1
Kastles (vol.)      *
Ravens (vol.)       *
Don't prefer any   32
No opinion          4

49. 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

50. 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

51. 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

Compare 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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