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 poll, the story continues, was conducted by Portland-based Moore Information and included 400 people from across Clark County, and has an error rate of plus or minus 5 percent. Moore, a prominent Republican pollster, has been dinged recently by liberal site Blue Oregon for skewed results.
The story posted online did not include the written questions from the poll or the full written results.