Only 54% oppose bullet train? Sheesh

March 22, 2013

By Chris Reed

When word came out Thursday night that a new PPIC poll showed the public was against the bullet train fiasco, I wasn’t surprised. But only 54 percent? Wow. Here’s John Myers’ account:

“The survey from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California finds virtually no change from last year in the public’s wariness of high speed rail and an $11.1 billion bond for water reliability projects. ….

“In the case of high speed rail, that’s especially noteworthy given the long-term cost of the project, now pegged at some $68 billion, was cut by almost a third last year.

“The new PPIC poll finds 54 percent of likely voters now oppose the bullet train project that’s being championed by Gov. Jerry Brown.  Last March, when the estimated cost was closer to $98 billion, 53 percent of likely voters were opposed.”

But even if the price tag was cut, how can this be rejected by only a little more than half of Californians?

It’s built on lies about ridership and cost and private investment. Its most ardent champion is now prepared to testify against it because he says it’s not really even a bullet train any more. It is an assault on federal taxpayers as well as state taxpayers.

Hearing that only 54 percent of Californians are against it is sort of like hearing in October 2001 that 54 percent of Americans were happy with our intelligence agencies.




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  1. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 21 March, 2013, 12:55

    Let’s start with the story fallacy about the PPIC – there is nothing non-partisan about the PPIC. They regularly work in tandem with the majority party at the Capitol.

    The Legislative Analyst’s Office is having a heard time these days being non-partisan. The PPIC claims not to have a political bias, but it is abundantly clear with the loaded questions in their surveys that the group has a strong and biased political outlook. Questions in their surveys always appear geared to eliciting the responses supporting Democratic policies.


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  2. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 21 March, 2013, 18:32

    Katy, I was thinking the exact same thing when reading this article. I don’t know who this John Meyers clown is, but it is ridiculously naive to think that polling organizations or think tanks are “non-partisan”. They all make that claim to maintain tax exempt status but in reality they have ideological bias and a partisan axe to grind. I feel sorry for the dunces who get sucked in to the non-partisan label and end up trusting PPIC or any other mainstream polling operation. I’m sure the New York Times and MSNBC make the same ridiculous claim but who can believe them?

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  3. Hondo
    Hondo 22 March, 2013, 09:44

    The most scary thing that occurred to me recently, was that Pravda, the old soviet newspaper of lies, now practices better journalism than any of Amerika’s major newspapers. There are a hundred ways to ‘push’ a poll to get the results you want.

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