Award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is the Metro Editor for WNYC News. She has previously served as Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
You always have to be a little leery when a group supporting a particular outcome puts out a poll showing support of that outcome, but an America Bikes poll being released today shows pretty lopsided results: a plurality (47%) of Americans wants more funding for bike and pedestrian programs, and when you add in those who believe existing funding should be maintained, four out of five Americans in all categories support maintaining or increasing funding. -- Republican, Democrat, Independent, rural, urban, suburban, young old, etc.
The poll is being released as congressional conferees gather to discuss transportation funding, including so-called "enhancements" -- including bike and pedestrian programs.
The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates
International (PSRAI) of 1003 adults living in the continental U.S. from Marchh 22-25, 2012. S. The margin of sampling error is ± 3.6 percentage points.