Public's view of "high-speed" rail: snore

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.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that, overall, 41% of Likely Voters favor the plan and 46% are opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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.

 

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