8664 today released polling data indicating strong community support for an east end bridge in Louisville. The poll of 500 Jefferson County registered voters was conducted January 21 – 24, 2008 by FREDERICKpolls of Arlington, Virginia and has a margin of error of +/- 4.3%.
“Despite what you might read in the Courier-Journal’s Forum section, the East End Bridge continues to be the least expensive and most widely supported portion of the Bridges Project on both sides of the river. The facts just don’t support the Downtown Bridge and Spaghetti Junction expansion,” said 8664 co-founder JC Stites.
From the polling memo:
“By 66% to 27%, more metro Louisville voters say the most important bridge priority is to build a new East-end bridge, not a downtown bridge. In the East-end, preference for an east river crossing jumps to 76-20. Meanwhile, majorities in South and Central parts of the county also prioritize an East-end bridge first and even in West Louisville, more support on an East-end bridge than a downtown bridge.”
Tyler Allen said the organization collected the data last year for internal purposes, but decided to share findings now because there “seems to be a concerted effort to distort the facts about the Bridges Project.” He went on to say, “We fully expect the Courier-Journal’s editorial board to try to discredit this information, so we would gladly split the cost of commissioning a new poll to assess the public’s opinion on this $4.1 Billion project that will shape our city for generations.”
- 86% said an east end bridge is more of a good idea “because it will provide a by-pass around Louisville” than say it is a bad idea
- 72% have a positive reaction to a transportation plan that includes building “an east-end bridge to connect (I-265 in Kentucky to I-265 in Indiana.”
- 74% are positive toward a transportation plan that “simplifies Spaghetti Junction and eliminates the bottlenecks associated with weaving traffic.”
- 59% would make fixing the Spaghetti Junction interchange a priority in any transportation plan that is implemented.
Click here for a copy of the polling memo. (Warning: PDF Link)