A majority of voters would support a 10-cent increase in the federal gas tax if the money is used for specific transportation improvements, according to a new poll released on Wednesday.
The poll, which was conducted by the San Jose, Calif. Mineta Transportation Institute, found that 71 percent of voters would be willing to pay a dime more than the current 18.4 cents-per-gallon gas tax if the money is spent on “projects to maintain streets, roads, and highways.”
Another 64 percent would support a 10-cent gas tax hike if the money is spent on “projects to reduce accidents and improve safety,” while 59 percent said they would approve of the increase if it was used to pay for “projects to add modern, technological systems.”
By contrast, the poll found only 31 percent would support a 10-cent gas tax with no additional qualifiers.
The director of the study said the findings show voters are willing to support a gas tax increase if they can be assured the money will be used to pay for transportation projects.
For every 10,000 miles in a 20 mpg car you buy 500 gallons of gas. If $0.09 per gallon is passed on to consumers then the total cost would be about $45.