A new poll shows 76 percent of voters in two Indianapolis-area Indiana Senate districts support paying higher taxes if it means creating a regional transit system.
IndyCAN, a nonpartisan, faith-based organization that supports transit expansion, conducted the poll Saturday and Sunday among 454 registered voters in Senate Districts 29 and 30.
The margin of error was plus or minus 4.59 percentage points.
District 29 Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, and District 30 Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, both opposed a bill this year that would have moved toward expanding transit. They helped lead a successful effort in the Senate to study the issue over the summer rather than do something more immediate.
“The poll proves what we knew all along,” the Rev. Carey Grady, pastor of Bethel AME Church, said in a prepared statement, “Voters understand we are all in this together, a regional mass-transit system is key to building a region of opportunity, where all benefit from God’s abundance.”
Delph said he conducted his own unscientific poll in his district, and more than half opposed paying for a transit expansion.
Delph said he’s worried about the long-term costs and viability of transit.
“We used to have a mass-transit system in Indianapolis,” Delph said, referring to the defunct interurban. “We had a rail system, and we loved it so much we paved over it.”This phony poll, Rev. Grady, only proves that supposed persons of faith are capable of praying to false idols, not God.