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January 1999


Overall Mood
:
  

I am going to read you a short list of problems here in the Washington area. Please tell me which one impacts your own daily life the most. (Read and rotate list.)

(If more than one): Well, if you had to choose just one, which one would it be?

Traffic congestion

34%

High taxes

17%

Crime and drugs

15%

Too much growth and development

11%

Expensive housing

10%

Quality of Schools

10%

(Not read):

 

Not sure/Refused

3%

 

Commuting Behavior:

In the last few years, have you made any changes in your commuting behavior?  Do you... (Read and rotate list.)

No changes made

48%

Commute during "off" hours / leave earlier

15%

Live closer to work

12%

Use alternate transportation or mass transit more

12%

Carpool more

8%

Use the car less

7%

Work at home or telecommute more frequently

6%

   

(Not read):

 

Drive more

2%

Use another route

1%

Other

1%

Not sure/Refused

3%


Personal Driving Experience
:

(All respondents):

How stressful is driving for you -- is it always stressful for you, often stressful, only occasionally stressful, or not stressful at all -- or don't you drive all that much?

 

ALL

COMMUTERS

Always stressful

8%

10%

Often stressful

20%

19%

Occasionally stressful

47%

48%

Not stressful at all

17%

17%

Don't drive much

8%

6%

Not sure / refused

*%

*%

Do you feel that you waste time in traffic, or not?

 

ALL

COMMUTERS

Yes

65%

67%

No

35%

33%

Not sure / refused

1%

-

How would you rate the courtesy of drivers in this area compared to other areas you've been to?  Would you say drivers in this area are much better, somewhat better, somewhat worse, much worse, or is there no difference?

 

ALL

COMMUTERS

Much better

4%

5%

Somewhat better

16%

16%

Somewhat worse

27%

27%

Much worse

25%

26%

No difference

24%

23%

Not sure / refused

4%

4%


Have you encountered "road rage" in the past year or so -- that is, aggressive driving, dangerous speeding, or tailgating by another driver? (If yes): Would you say many times, only a few times, or just once?

 

ALL

COMMUTERS

Yes, many times

29%

30%

Yes, a few times

40%

42%

Yes, just once

4%

4%

No, never [volunteered]

26%

24%

Not sure / refused

1%

1%

Have you personally ever responded in anger or done something unsafe in response to another driver?

 

ALL

COMMUTERS

Yes

23%

26%

No

76%

73%

Not sure / refused

1%

1%


Assessing Congestion:

(All respondents):

If you were to rate traffic congestion on the area roads and highways today compared to two years ago, would you say it is much better, somewhat better, somewhat worse, or much worse?

 

ALL

COMMUTERS

Much better

3%

4%

Somewhat better

15%

15%

Somewhat worse

42%

41%

Much worse

27%

26%

Not sure / refused

13%

13%

Looking ahead, do you think traffic congestion will improve, get worse, or stay about the same?

 

ALL

COMMUTERS

Improve

11%

11%

Get worse

69%

71%

Stay the same

18%

17%

Not sure / refused

2%

1%

What do you think is mainly responsible for traffic congestion in the Washington area? (Read and rotate list.)

(If more than one): Well, if you had to choose just one, which one would it be?

 

ALL

COMMUTERS

Population growth in the region

35%

35%

Lack of adequate planning

25%

25%

Overdevelopment

23%

23%

A lack of cooperation among jurisdictions

6%

7%

Not enough money spent on transportation

6%

6%

(Not read):

 

 

Not sure / refused

5%

5%

[more polls]
 

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