A new poll on the Columbia River Crossing was released today and the results are near tie on public opinion toward the CRC, a $3.4 billion Interstate 5 bridge, light rail and highway project.
The Columbian, Clark County's daily paper, commissioned the survey and released the results as part of a three-part series that runs through tomorrow:
A total of 46 percent of respondents said they support the CRC, with 45 percent against after being told the project's cost and that users would pay a toll. The remaining 9 percent were undecided. And despite many CRC opponents hammering an anti-light rail drumbeat, the poll showed there may actually be slim support for it: 49 percent of respondents said they'd favor light rail as part of a new Interstate 5 Bridge, compared to 43 percent opposed. Seven percent answered "don't know."
The finding of "slim support" runs against what happened last November, when voters in the Southwest Washington county roundly rejected a sales tax to pay for operations and maintenance of a TriMet MAX line through the city's downtown.
The story posted online did not include the written questions from the poll or the full written results.