Poll shows majority support for $720M Smart Corridor bond

The fight over the City of Austin's Prop 1 - Smart Corridor Bond is heating up.
The fight over the City of Austin's Prop 1 - Smart Corridor Bond is heating up. (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A poll released by pro-Smart Corridor group Move Austin Forward shows majority support for the $720 million transportation bond.

The poll, conducted by local firm Opinion Analysts, showed 56.7 percent of those polled in favor of the plan, which will appear on the ballot as Proposition 1. Twenty-five percent of those polled are against and around 17 percent undecided.

Polling results showed 39.5 percent of those opposed to the bond believe it costs too much, 17 percent believe it won’t help traffic and 11 percent say there is too much allotted for bikes and trails. Around five percent say they won’t vote for the bond because there is no rail included.

While 66 percent of those polled believe the plan will help traffic congestion, 31 percent believe it will hurt local business.

When posed the following statement, 85 percent of respondents agreed: “No plan is perfect, but we have to start somewhere to address our critical traffic problems.”

Poll results also showed favorability for Mayor Adler at 50.9 percent and unfavorability at 13.2 percent.

The polling was conducted Oct. 3 and 4 and included around 450 cell phone respondents and 151 land line respondents.

In September, Mayor Adler addressed confusion over the plan, which will cost $1.5 billion overall, around twice the amount of the bond. If the bond is approved, it would cost an additional tax of $5 a month for those who live in a home worth $250,000. If the $720 million bond is approved, the city will then look beyond taxpayer dollars to fund the rest of the projects.

Roger Falk with the Travis County Taxpayers Union said last month the price tag is too expensive and the results are too nominal. “I think you shouldn’t be coming out with a half-baked plan that’s depending on borrowing money from the federal government that has no commitment,” said Falk.

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