Iowa Poll: Iowans favor state spending on passenger rail

Good morning, readers.

A majority of Iowans favor state financial support for establishing passenger train service between Chicago and Iowa City, according to an Iowa Poll.

The Des Moines Register reported this weekend that the poll, in which 800 adults participated in mid-February, found that 56 percent favored the state’s backing of the project, while 39 percent opposed it and 5 percent were unsure.

“They’re saying, ‘We want trains,'” pollster J. Ann Selzer is quoted as saying.

Click here for the complete story, which includes further breakdown of the numbers by age, gender and political party.

Another interesting finding related to Iowa’s transportation spending priorities: 70 percent oppose raising the gas tax to pay for road and bridge repairs.