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Featured Polls

Bloomberg National Poll

Fifty-five percent of Americans in a Bloomberg National Poll say they would back an increase. The concept has bipartisan support, with majorities of Republicans (51 percent) and Democrats (67 percent) backing the idea.

Is it okay to increase the federal gas tax to pay for roads and bridges in your state?

Okay 55%
Not okay 41%
Not sure 4%

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News Report by WGVY News on Poll by Epic-MRA

Michigan voters say repairing and updating everything from roads and bridges to drinking water delivery and sewer systems should be a top priority.

Top Problems Facing Michigan

Fixing State’s Infrastructure 31%
Improving Education Quality 19%
Improving Economy and Creating More Jobs 13%

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Gallup Poll

Two-thirds of Americans say it is “very important” for the president to enact major spending for infrastructure.

More infrastructure spending is “very important” 69%
Building a wall along border with Mexico is very important 26%

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CA Voters See Need for More Transportation Funding

Poll by David Binder Research

Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG) commissioned respected pollster David Binder Research to survey registered voters in California and nationally regarding their views on the need to improve transportation infrastructure, the preferred method of funding those improvements, and how the money could be utilized most effectively. In each poll, more than 800 registered voters were surveyed with an accuracy of plus or minus 3.5%.

To view the summary results of the California poll, click here. To read summary of the national poll, click here.

Transportation Infrastructure is Excellent, Good, or Fair 75%
Improving Infrastructure is Very or Somewhat Urgent 81%
Support Corporate Tax or General Fund Money Increase 60%
Competitive Bidding should be used to award Contracts 80%
Oppose Allowing Construction Contractors to Inspect and Approve Their Own Work 75%

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Gallup Poll

The Gallup Poll reports that, among other things, 3 in 4 Americans like the idea of spending more “to improve infrastructure, including roads, buildings and waterways.” Only 11 percent disagree.

Agree with Spending More Money on to Improve Infrastructure 75%
Disagree with Spending More Federal Money on Infrastructure 11%
Agree with Higher Priority on Alternative Energy Sources 73%
Predict a Critical Energy Shortage in the Next Five Years 31%

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Featured Reports

40 Proposed U.S. Transportation and Water Infrastructure Projects

Prepared for the Build America Investment Intiative

This is the Obama Administration’s farewell list of projects that it believes gives the most bang for the taxpayer buck. The list of projects can be found here, and the full report can be found here.

Policies to Decarbonize Transportation

A Punch List for Public Repairs

Compiled by The New York Times

The Times asked readers to make a wish list for the infrastructure projects most needed where they live. Here’s what they said.

America's Aging Dams Are in Need of Repair

by The New York Times

Nearly 2,000 state-regulated high-hazard dams in the United States were listed as being in need of repair in 2015, according to the Association of Dam Safety Officials. Click here for The New York Times article. Click here for ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card on Dams.

The Oroville Dam 2017 Spillway Incident and Lessons from the Feather River Basin

by the California Hydropower Reform Coalition

An alliance of California environmental groups wants the state Department of Water Resources to build a complete, functional emergency spillway at Oroville Dam, one of dozens of recommendations they say will improve dam safety and flood control practices statewide. Click here for the KQED News article. Click here for the report by the conservation coalition.