Safer Roads poll finds Missouri voters supportive of red light cameras

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Drivers may not like them, but a new poll finds most Missouri voters have no problems with red light safety cameras.

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for the National Coalition for Safer Roads, is highlighted by data showing 71 percent of the 600 registered voters polled had “overwhelming support” for the cameras.

An additional 47 percent “strongly supported” the cameras.

“Most Missourians believe their neighbors oppose red light cameras,” said Public Opinion Strategies’ Neil Newhouse, citing data finding the majority of voters incorrectly believed their neighbors opposed the cameras by a 56 to 30 percent margin. “They couldn’t be more wrong.”

Other findings:

  • Registered voters support the cameras by a 71 to 28 percent margin
  • Fifty-eight percent of voters believe the cameras make roads safer
  • Fifty-six percent believe cameras save lives.

The poll was conducted Jan. 23-25, 2011 and had a margin of error of plus or minus four percent.
 

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