Poll: Americans divided on paying for roads

Associated Press
FILE - This Feb. 11, 2014 file photo shows a car driving by a pothole in Detroit, as a fuel station is seen in the background. Congress has kept federal highway and transit programs limping along for the past six years, unable to decide how best to pay for them. Lawmakers’ indecision mirrors what The Associated Press and GfK found in a recent opinion survey. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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FILE - This Feb. 11, 2014 file photo shows a car driving by a pothole in Detroit, as a fuel station is seen in the background. Congress has kept federal highway and transit programs limping along for the past six years, unable to decide how best to pay for them. Lawmakers’ indecision mirrors what The Associated Press and GfK found in a recent opinion survey. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans agree that the cost of good transportation is worthwhile, but they're divided over how to pay for it.

A new Associated Press-GfK poll found 6 in 10 of those surveyed say the economic benefits of good highways, railroads and airports outweigh the cost. Yet there is scant support for some of the most frequently discussed options for paying for construction of new roads or the upkeep of existing ones.

Of those surveyed, 58 percent oppose raising federal gasoline taxes to fund transportation projects. Only 14 percent support an increase. By better than 2-to-1, Americans oppose having private companies pay for construction of new roads and bridges in exchange for the right to charge tolls.

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