Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #16572
 
Those in Cincinnati Who Would Ride a Streetcar Favor It, Non-Riders Oppose: Half of Cincinnati adults see a a streetcar line between downtown and neighborhoods near the University of Cincinnati as a "waste of taxpayer money," according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for The Cincinnati Enquirer. 24% say the streetcar would "revitalize Cincinnati's core;" 20% say it is a "risky project," but should still be built in order to help improve the city.

By 2:1, Cincinnati opposes borrowing $64 million to fund construction. 46% do not think the streetcar line will ever be built. If the line is built, half say ongoing operating costs should be paid by riders. 1 in 5 want ongoing costs to be paid by businesses who sponsor streetcars and streetcar stops.

Those who predict they would ride a streetcar regularly like the project much more than those who do not think they would ride:
Regular riders are 7 times more likely to say the project would revitalize Cincinnati's core than non-riders.
Non-riders are 4 times more likely to see the project as a waste of money than riders.
Regular riders 2:1 approve borrowing money to pay for construction. Non-riders 8:1 oppose borrowing money.

600 adults from the city of Cincinnati were interviewed by SurveyUSA 05/18/10 through 05/19/10.

 
The Cincinnati City Council has voted to build a streetcar line between downtown and the neighborhoods near the University of Cincinnati. Which one of these statements best describes how you feel? One: The streetcar will help revitalize Cincinnati's core. Two: The streetcar is a risky project but one that should proceed anyway to help improve Cincinnati. Three: The streetcar is a waste of taxpayer money.
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceIncomeRide It?
Credibility Interval: ± 4.1 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOther< $40 K> $40 KDailyWeeklyMonthlyLess
Revitalize Cincinnati's Core24%27%22%22%27%27%21%24%24%24%26%****25%25%53%46%31%8%
Risky Project20%24%17%18%20%25%19%19%23%18%21%****19%20%24%29%36%15%
Waste Of Taxpayer Money48%41%54%49%45%45%56%47%49%54%42%****45%51%19%21%27%72%
Not Sure7%8%7%10%8%4%4%9%4%4%11%****10%4%5%4%6%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%35%27%23%15%61%39%51%44%2%3%59%41%19%12%15%43%
 
2If the streetcar ran every 10 to 20 minutes, and cost $1 to ride .... How often would you personally ride the streetcar? Almost every day? Once or twice a week? Once or twice a month? Or, less often that that?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceIncomeRide It?
Credibility Interval: ± 4.1 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOther< $40 K> $40 KDailyWeeklyMonthlyLess
Almost Every Day19%27%13%31%20%10%8%26%9%14%27%****22%17%100%0%0%0%
Once Or Twice a Week12%12%12%10%9%18%11%10%15%12%11%****11%13%0%100%0%0%
Once Or Twice a Month15%15%15%10%20%20%11%14%16%15%14%****14%17%0%0%100%0%
Less Often43%36%50%31%45%48%61%37%53%54%32%****40%48%0%0%0%100%
Not Sure11%11%10%18%6%5%10%13%7%5%16%****12%5%0%0%0%0%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%35%27%23%15%61%39%51%44%2%3%59%41%19%12%15%43%
 
3To pay for the construction of the streetcar line, the city will borrow $64 million. Do you approve? Or disapprove?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceIncomeRide It?
Credibility Interval: ± 4 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOther< $40 K> $40 KDailyWeeklyMonthlyLess
Approve31%37%26%32%36%32%19%34%27%32%31%****27%40%62%56%51%11%
Disapprove61%54%67%58%53%63%77%56%68%63%58%****63%54%34%37%40%85%
Not Sure8%9%7%9%10%5%5%10%5%5%11%****10%6%5%7%9%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%35%27%23%15%61%39%51%44%2%3%59%41%19%12%15%43%
 
4Once the streetcar line is built, should most of the money needed to operate the streetcar come from ...Fares that riders pay? A tax assessment charged to property owners along the streetcar line? Local businesses, who sponsor streetcars and streetcar stops? Or the city's general fund?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceIncomeRide It?
Credibility Interval: ± 4.1 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOther< $40 K> $40 KDailyWeeklyMonthlyLess
Fares51%52%51%49%46%52%64%48%56%64%36%****46%62%36%50%60%60%
Tax Assessment3%2%3%2%1%5%4%2%5%4%2%****2%4%4%8%2%2%
Local Businesses22%25%18%24%22%21%17%23%19%14%31%****26%18%39%24%20%18%
General Fund11%8%13%8%14%14%8%11%12%9%14%****12%8%10%11%11%12%
Not Sure13%12%14%17%16%8%8%17%8%10%17%****13%9%10%8%8%9%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%35%27%23%15%61%39%51%44%2%3%59%41%19%12%15%43%
 
5Based on what you know now ... will the streetcar line ever be built? Or never be built?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceIncomeRide It?
Credibility Interval: ± 4.1 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOther< $40 K> $40 KDailyWeeklyMonthlyLess
Will Be Built30%32%30%37%27%28%25%33%26%28%34%****25%37%59%54%36%10%
Never Be Built46%49%42%39%46%50%53%42%51%55%36%****47%47%31%26%36%65%
Not Sure24%19%28%24%26%23%22%25%22%17%30%****28%16%11%20%28%25%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%35%27%23%15%61%39%51%44%2%3%59%41%19%12%15%43%
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.