Poll: "Everyone" at fault for poor Leon response... but Deal, Reed, and GDOT deserve some blame
- Lauren Gates
- Abandoned cars parked on the Cumberland Parkway exit on Jan. 29
Nearly half of metro Atlanta voters are blaming everyone, yes "everyone," for Winter Storm Leon's multi-day traffic jam and chaos. And just as many are still against the idea of a "penny tax" to build transit and roads that could help alleviate future traffic pile-ups.
A poll conducted by the Hicks Evaluation Group, which spoke with 1,114 registered metro voters, showed that Gov. Nathan Deal (15 percent), Mayor Kasim Reed (3.5 percent), Georgia Department of Transportation (9.3 percent), Georgia Emergency Management Agency (11 percent), and schools (10.8 percent) split the rest of the blame for the massive gridlock that ensnared the metro region. About half of the poll's respondents say they weren't directly impacted by the storm.
"Voters recognized that this is systemic problem not an individual problem," said pollster Fred Hicks. Judging by the poll's results, voters viewed the lackluster winter storm preparation to be a collective failure rather than the responsibility of one individual.
In addition, 50 percent of the poll's repondents said opposed a 1-cent tax to fund transportation. The post-storm response to the tax proposal surprised Hicks.
"If an event of this magnitude does not move voter attitudes, I cannot imagine what will," he said.
We've embedded the poll's findings after the jump: