The public's view of the highly touted, outrageously expensive and totally cost-ineffective "high-speed" rail is as passionate as President Barack Obama, environmentalists and assorted ideologues want us to believe.
But when you break down the numbers, what emerges that most of its backing comes from the "political class," a slice of Americans that look to government for most of its answers. Said Rasmussen:
By a 57% to 28% margin, voters believe that cutting government spending would do more to create jobs than building a high-speed rail network.
As on many issues, there is a wide gap between the views of the Political Class and Mainstream voters. By a 58% to 13% margin, the Political Class believes a high-speed rail system would do more to create jobs. However, by a 68% to 20% margin, Mainstream voters believe that cutting government spending is the better path to job creation.