Poll: Pennsylvanians oppose turnpike privatization

| 5/14/2007

A new poll finds that two out of three Pennsylvania residents oppose the idea of leasing the state’s turnpike to a private company.

The survey, commissioned by the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, polled 800 registered Pennsylvania voters.

Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association President Jim Runk told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that he thinks the poll – along with other recent polls that have shown similar results – will get the attention of the politicians who’ll decide on privatization.

“(All of the studies have) tracked the same way, showing that in all cases, at least two-thirds of the people who were questioned do oppose it,” he said.

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has proposed leasing the turnpike to private investors and taxing oil company profits as ways of funding the state’s transportation needs.

– By Reed Black, staff writer