Gas Tax Survey: Prices Considered More Important Than Improvements

Federal transportation funding for projects like highway and infrastructure repairs is facing a shortfall this summer. The Highway Trust Fund is primarily funded through federal gas taxes, but those haven’t increased in years. Americans are already concerned about gas prices without any increase in taxes. But would they rather see improved infrastructure or lower prices?

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Gas Prices

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, just 4% of overall respondents said they think the current gas prices in their area are very reasonable. 19% think they are somewhat reasonable. 26% said they are somewhat unreasonable. And 45% of respondents said the gas prices in their area are very unreasonable.

Road Conditions

However, just 4% of the same respondents said that they would describe the condition of their local highways and similar infrastructure as very good. 39% described their local infrastructure as good. 38% said it is bad. And 10% said it is very bad.

Gas Taxes

In general, just 13% of respondents said they would definitely support increased government funding to improve highways and infrastructure projects in their area. 46% said they would probably support increased funding for infrastructure projects. 30% said they probably wouldn’t support it. And 12% said they definitely wouldn’t.

Even fewer respondents, just 6%, said they would support a slightly higher gas tax to help fund infrastructure projects. 24% said they would probably support an increase in gas taxes to cover infrastructure improvements. 38% said they probably wouldn’t support an increased gas tax to offset those costs. And 33% said they definitely would not support an increased gas tax to cover the cost of infrastructure improvements.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: 20120921 46 Gas Pump from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on May 6 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.