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New York District 19 Survey
Amtrak, Two-Person Crew, and Transportation








DFM Research
Dean Mitchell, Consultant
Saint Paul, MN 55102
www.dfmresearch.com




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Executive Summary:
Residents of North Hudson Valley/Catskills (New York’s 19
th
Congressional District) strongly
support a fully funded Amtrak and federal legislation requiring a crew of two individuals on all
freight trains: two core SMART Transportation Division (SMART TD) legislative priorities. The
support levels found in the survey are consistent with past results from fifteen 2013-14 surveys in
states and congressional districts where Amtrak is present. The New York survey of 450 random
respondents using both landline and cell phones was conducted between July 7-12 and has a margin
of error of +4.6 percentage points.

Key findings on Amtrak include:
 Eighty-seven percent of residents would like to see daily passenger rail service increase
(49%) or remain the same (38%) from current service. Support level is highest among those
between the ages 40-64, residents most likely to vote in the 2014 general election, and those
with a college degree.
 Over four-in-five (81%) residents support the idea of additional train service to cities like
Boston, Buffalo, and Chicago. Women, those between the ages 40-64, and residents east of
the Hudson River show the strongest support levels for additional service; support is
widespread among all demographic groups, with 75 percent of self-identified Conservatives
in support of additional passenger rail service.
 Only 15 percent of residents favor eliminating Amtrak funding (with another three percent
in favor of reducing funding), even when told the federal government subsidizes Amtrak by
over one billion dollars per year. Almost three-in-four residents favor funding at the current
level or greater.
 And when asked about a recent U.S. House amendment to cut Amtrak’s operational budget
by ten percent; only 16 percent of residents indicated they would vote ‘yes’ to cut Amtrak,
while 77 percent said they would vote ‘no’ on the amendment. Even among residents who
self-identify as Republicans, support for Amtrak funding is very high, with 69% saying they
favor keeping the operational budget fully intact.

In addition to the Amtrak question series, the random survey of NY-19 residents also measured
support levels for federal legislation (H.R. 3040, the Safe Freight Act) requiring two individuals to
operate freight trains. Key findings include:

 Only eight percent of residents reject H.R. 3040 if they were able to vote on this piece of
legislation, with an overwhelming 84 percent in favor of the federal legislation; and only 7
percent say that a train with a crew of one can be operated as safe as a crew of two.
 Support levels for a two-person crew bill shows steady support amongst all residents, with
minimal variation based on gender, age, education, region, or party identification; even
residents who self-identify as Republican support H.R. 3040 by a 78-14 percent margin.

The July survey is a snap-shot of North Hudson Valley/Catskills residents regarding their views on
two core rail labor issues; yet the data is consistent with support levels found in other survey from
around the country the past 15 months. Based on the results of this survey, and the preceding
surveys, it is safe to say that no matter who you are, where you live, or what your partisan
inclinations, Americans support passenger rail and rail safety (through two-person crew). And the
residents of the North Hudson Valley are no different.

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Survey Methodology:

The survey results presented are based on a stratified random sample of 450 New York
Congressional District 19 residents contacted by landline and cell phone. The sample was stratified
by region to ensure a representative sample of residents. The sample was comprised of three distinct
regions:

37% - Hudson River East Counties
33% - Hudson River West Counties
30% - Western Counties

After the numbers were stratified into the appropriate region, telephone numbers were then selected
by random using a skip pattern to guarantee that the interviews were distributed throughout the
region. Each number in the stratified sample had the same non-zero chance of being selected for an
interview.

Telephone interviews were conducted by trained staff of Stone Research Services of Indianapolis,
Indiana, using a computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI) system for landline phones. Cell
phone interviews are dialed manually to comply with the Telemarketing Consumer Protection Act
of 1991. To ensure everyone in the household would have an equal chance of being selected; callers
would ask to interview the resident over the age of 18 who had the most recent birthday.

Final results are weighted based on gender, age, and race to conform to the approximate population
based on the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau demographic data.

Gender Age Education
Male 50% 18-39 33% High School/Less 43%
Female 50% 40-64 46% Some College/AA 30%
65+ 21% Bachelor/Graduate 27%

The final results are subject to sampling error, which is the difference between results obtained from
the survey and those if everyone in the target population were interviewed. The sampling error,
commonly known as the margin of error, is + 4.6 percentage points with a 95 percent confidence
level; meaning that in 19 out of 20 times, the results presented would be within the confidence
interval. If final results of a question resulted in a tabulated answer of 50 percent, the confidence
interval would between 45.4 to 54.6 percent. Where appropriate, question and answer choices are
randomized to reduce order bias; due to rounding, numbers may not equal 100 percent.

Project management and final analysis of the data was completed by Dean Mitchell of DFM
Research based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In addition to his 23 years of political experience, Dean
has completed course work in survey techniques and statistics as part of his Master in Public Policy
(MPP) degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

For Additional Information
Dean Mitchell
651-387-5265
dfmresearch@comcast.net

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Topline Results:

Interviews: 450 residents over the age 18 that reside in NY-19
Margin of Error: +4.6 percentage points
Interview Dates: July 7-12, 2014
Sample: Landline and cell phone sample. Random digit numbers provided by Survey Sample
International (SSI) of Fairfield, CT. SSI provided Stone Research with 4,500 residential
random phone numbers from a pool of listed and unlisted numbers in the boundary area, and
1,500 cell phone numbers; which then were stratified into thee distinct geographical regions.

Survey Sponsor: SMART Transportation Division, National Legislative Office


Q1: Generally speaking, do you think the country is moving in the right direction, or is the
country off on the wrong track?

Right direction ................................................................................... 18%
Wrong track ...................................................................................... 71
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 12

Q2: And generally speaking, do you think New York is moving in the right direction, or is New
York off on the wrong track?

Right direction ................................................................................... 29%
Wrong track ...................................................................................... 58
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 13

Q3: I’m now going to read you names of some public figures and organizations, for each one,
please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion, and if you never heard of
them before, just let me know.

Favorable Unfavorable Neutral (VOL) Never Heard Of

Q3a: Barack Obama 38 57 5 0
Q3b: Chuck Schumer 46 40 10 3
Q3c: Kirsten Gillibrand 57 25 14 5
Q3d: Andrew Cuomo 41 51 8 1
Q3e: Chris Gibson 48 16 22 14
Q3f: Sean Eldridge 10 8 37 45
Q3g: Rob Astorino 17 15 27 40
Q3h: Hillary Clinton 47 48 5 0
Q3i: Republican Party 41 49 10 0
Q3j: Democratic Party 41 50 10 0
Q3k: Tea Party Movement 34 49 13 4





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Q4: Now lets think about the upcoming 2014 general election. How likely would you say you
are to vote in the November election?

Certain to vote .................................................................................. 62%
Very likely to vote ............................................................................ 18
Somewhat likely to vote ................................................................... 9 skip to Q8
Not likely to vote .............................................................................. 10 skip to Q8

Q5: If the election was held today for Governor, would you vote for Andrew Cuomo the
Democrat, or Rob Astorino the Republican? (very likely/certain to vote; N=405, MoE +4.9%pts)

Andrew Cuomo ................................................................................ 45%
Rob Astorino .................................................................................... 37
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 17

Q6: And if the election was held today for U.S. House, for whom would you vote, Sean Eldridge
the Democrat or Chris Gibson the Republican? (very likely/certain to vote; N=405, MoE +4.9%pts)

Sean Eldridge ................................................................................... 29%
Chris Gibson ..................................................................................... 56
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 15

Q7: Currently the Republican Party has a legislative majority in the U.S. House of
Representatives. After the 2014 general election, which party would you like to see in the
majority in the U.S. House? (very likely/certain to vote; N=405, MoE +4.9%pts)

the Democratic Party ......................................................................... 41%
the Republican Party ......................................................................... 50
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 9

Q8: Many in Congress are saying that the only way to truly cut federal spending is through
entitlement reform. One proposal would increase the age one can get Medicare, from age 65,
to age 67. Do you approve or disapprove increasing the age one can receive Medicare?

Approve raising age .......................................................................... 24%
Disapprove raising age ...................................................................... 70
(VOL) Unsure / Neutral .................................................................... 6

Q9: Others have suggested to cut federal spending by increasing the minimum age one can
receive reduced Social Security benefits, from the current age of 62, to age 64. Do you
approve or disapprove increasing the age one can begin receiving Social Security?

Approve raising age .......................................................................... 34%
Disapprove raising age ...................................................................... 61
(VOL) Unsure / Neutral .................................................................... 5




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Q10: I’m now going to read you a few more names and concepts. For each one, please tell me if
you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion, and if you never heard of them before, just let
me know.
Favorable Unfavorable Neutral (VOL) Never Heard Of

Q10a: Amtrak 79 11 9 1
Q10b: High Speed Rail 63 17 13 7
Q10c: Acela Express 20 4 25 51
Q10d: New York DOT 56 30 13 1
Q10e: Freight Railroads 69 6 14 12
Q10f: Transporting Oil by Rail 50 35 12 2
Q10g: Labor Unions 57 35 6 1
Q10h: the NRA 54 37 7 2
Q10i: Koch Brothers 15 30 21 34

Q11: Thinking about your area’s overall transportation infrastructure – including roads, bridges,
rail, air and public transportation – how would you rate it: )

Excellent ........................................................................................... 2%
Good ................................................................................................. 22
Satisfactory ....................................................................................... 35
Poor .................................................................................................. 24
Failing ............................................................................................... 14
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 2

Q12: When it comes to spending on transportation needs in your area, do you think the
government spends too much, about the right amount, or not enough on transportation
needs.

Too much .......................................................................................... 10%
About the right amount ..................................................................... 25
Not enough ....................................................................................... 59
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 6

Q13: And if a candidate for governor or Congress wanted to spend additional money on state
transportation needs, at election time, would you be more likely to support, less likely to
support, or would make no difference in your support?

More Likely ...................................................................................... 39%
Less Likely ....................................................................................... 6
No Difference ................................................................................... 47
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 8

Q14: I now want to ask a few questions about Amtrak. Thinking back the past two years or so,
how often would you say you been a passenger on Amtrak?

Never ................................................................................................ 59%
One to Two Times ............................................................................ 20
Three to Five Times........................................................................... 11
More than Five Times ...................................................................... 10
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Q15: Currently Amtrak has over 10 daily departures to New York City, and limited service to the
western New York and beyond. Thinking about passenger rail service, generally speaking
which best fits your view?

Passenger rail service should increase .............................................. 49%
Passenger rail service should remain the same ................................. 38
Passenger rail service should be reduced ......................................... 2
Passenger rail service should be eliminated ..................................... 2
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 9

Q16: Right now passenger rail service to Western New York and Canada is not always
convenient. If there was an additional train or trains as a daytime option to cities like
Boston, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, and Chicago, do you find this an idea you could
support?

Yes .................................................................................................... 81%
No ..................................................................................................... 14
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 5

Q17: Critics of Amtrak point out that the federal government spends over $1 billion dollars per
year to subsidize passenger rail service -- mostly in capital improvements -- and that as a
nation we can no longer afford Amtrak and its national rail network. Some suggest that the
rail lines be privatized to the highest bidder. Such action would likely mean rail service only
in the Northeast Corridor, with a loss of rail service to Western New York and most of
America. Knowing this, which best fits your view?

Provide more funding for additional Amtrak service ....................... 34%
Provide funding to keep current levels of Amtrak service .............. 39
Provide less funding, which will cut Amtrak service ....................... 3
Privatize or cut Amtrak, eliminating most Amtrak service .............. 15
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 8

Q18: Recently the U.S. House voted on a new transportation bill. One amendment proposed was
to cut Amtrak’s operational budget by ten percent. Suppose you could vote on the
amendment, would you vote YES to cut Amtrak’s budget, or would you vote NO, and keep
Amtrak’s budget where it is?

Yes, cut budget ................................................................................. 16%
No, keep where it is .......................................................................... 77
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 7

Q19: When it comes to railroad safety and operations, do you think a train with a crew of one
individual can be operated as safe as a train with a crew of two individuals?

Yes, one operator can be as safe as two ............................................ 7%
No, one operator cannot be as safe ................................................... 85
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 8



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Q20: Some in Congress want to enact a law, known as H.R. 3040 the Safe Freight Act, and if
passed would require all freight trains to operate with a crew of at least two people. Suppose
you could vote on this bill. Would you vote YES to pass H.R. 3040 or would you voted NO,
and reject H.R. 3040.

Yes, pass ........................................................................................... 84%
No, reject .......................................................................................... 8
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 8

Q21: While we are talking about laws, some in Congress want to increase the maximum allowable
truck weight on our nation’s highways from 80,000 to 97,000 pounds. Generally speaking,
do you approve or disapprove increasing the maximum truck weight?

Approve ............................................................................................ 17%
Disapprove ........................................................................................ 71
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 12

Qs3: When it comes to political parties, do you consider yourself a:

Democrat / Lean Democrat ............................................................... 43%
an Independent .................................................................................. 10
Republican / Lean Republican .......................................................... 47

Qs4: When it comes to your political philosophy, which do you consider yourself?

Liberal ............................................................................................... 29%
Moderate ........................................................................................... 32
Conservative ..................................................................................... 32
Tea Party ........................................................................................... 7







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Highlighted Crosstabs:

Q10a: I’m now going to read you a few more names and concepts. For each one, please tell me if
you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion, and if you never heard of them before, just let
me know.

Amtrak
Favorable .......................................................................................... 79%
Unfavorable ...................................................................................... 11
Neutral/Unsure (VOL) ...................................................................... 9
Never Heard Of ................................................................................ 1


Gender Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

Men 81% 13 6 1
Women 78 9 11 2

Age Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

18-39 78 11 9 2
40-64 77 13 9 1
Over 65 85 8 6 1

Education Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

High School/Less 77 10 11 2
Some College/AA Degree 84 9 6 0
Bachelor/Graduate Degree 78 14 7 1

Region Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

East Hudson 84 9 5 1
West Hudson 79 13 7 1
Western Counties 73 11 15 1

Party Identification Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

Democrat 82 10 8 0
Independent 79 10 9 2
Republican 77 13 9 1

Ideology Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

Liberal 80 11 7 1
Moderate 83 10 6 1
Conservative 75 10 14 1

Amtrak Passenger Status Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

Not a Past Passenger 75 12 11 2
Passenger 85 10 5 0

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Q10b: I’m now going to read you a few more names and concepts. For each one, please tell me if
you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion, and if you never heard of them before, just let
me know.

High Speed Rail
Favorable .......................................................................................... 63%
Unfavorable ...................................................................................... 17
Neutral/Unsure (VOL) ...................................................................... 13
Never Heard Of ................................................................................ 7


Gender Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

Men 69% 17 9 6
Women 57 17 18 8

Age Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

18-39 66 10 12 12
40-64 62 19 14 5
Over 65 60 22 15 3

Education Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

High School/Less 52 26 12 9
Some College/AA Degree 68 15 12 6
Bachelor/Graduate Degree 77 3 16 4

Region Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

East Hudson 63 17 12 7
West Hudson 65 14 14 8
Western Counties 60 19 15 5

Party Identification Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

Democrat 66 11 16 7
Independent 69 16 9 6
Republican 55 23 15 7

Ideology Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

Liberal 68 12 14 7
Moderate 68 15 12 5
Conservative 56 22 12 10

Amtrak Passenger Status Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

Not a Past Passenger 59 21 14 6
Passenger 70 10 12 8


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Q10c: I’m now going to read you a few more names and concepts. For each one, please tell me if
you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion, and if you never heard of them before, just let
me know.

Acela Express
Favorable .......................................................................................... 20%
Unfavorable ...................................................................................... 4
Neutral/Unsure (VOL) ...................................................................... 25
Never Heard Of ................................................................................ 51


Gender Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

Men 24% 3 23 50
Women 15 5 28 53

Age Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

18-39 18 2 23 57
40-64 21 5 27 47
Over 65 19 4 27 50

Education Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

High School/Less 14 3 29 54
Some College/AA Degree 17 4 25 55
Bachelor/Graduate Degree 33 5 20 42

Region Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

East Hudson 21 5 29 46
West Hudson 20 4 20 55
Western Counties 17 3 27 53

Party Identification Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

Democrat 28 2 26 43
Independent 18 2 25 55
Republican 13 7 25 55

Ideology Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

Liberal 20 2 21 57
Moderate 22 4 23 52
Conservative 18 5 31 46

Amtrak Passenger Status Fav Unfav Neutral NHO

Not a Past Passenger 13 3 28 56
Passenger 29 5 21 44


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Q11: Thinking about your area’s overall transportation infrastructure – including roads, bridges,
rail, air and public transportation – how would you rate it: )

Excellent ........................................................................................... 2%
Good ................................................................................................. 22
Satisfactory ....................................................................................... 35
Poor .................................................................................................. 24
Failing ............................................................................................... 14
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 2

Gender Excllnt Good Sat Poor Failing

Men 2% 25 35 21 14
Women 2 20 35 27 14

Age Excllnt Good Sat Poor Failing

18-39 2 25 33 22 16
40-64 1 19 37 25 14
65 plus 3 25 33 25 12

Education Excllnt Good Sat Poor Failing

High School/Less 2 20 33 27 15
Some College/AA Degree 1 22 36 26 12
Bachelor/Graduate Degree 3 25 38 17 16

Region Excllnt Good Sat Poor Failing

East Hudson 3 27 36 19 13
West Hudson 2 21 36 29 10
Western Counties 1 17 33 25 21

Party Identification Excllnt Good Sat Poor Failing

Democrat 2 22 35 28 9
Independent 3 21 35 21 18
Republican 1 23 35 23 17

Ideology Excllnt Good Sat Poor Failing

Liberal 2 16 37 29 14
Moderate 1 28 33 22 13
Conservative 3 23 36 20 16




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Q12: When it comes to spending on transportation needs in your area, do you think the
government spends too much, about the right amount, or not enough on transportation
needs.

Too much .......................................................................................... 10%
About the right amount ..................................................................... 25
Not enough ....................................................................................... 59
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 6

Gender Too Much Right Not Enough Unsure

Men 11% 30 52 7
Women 8 21 66 6

Age Too Much Right Not Enough Unsure

18-39 7 28 56 10
40-64 12 25 59 4
65 plus 8 23 63 6

Education Too Much Right Not Enough Unsure

High School/Less 12 25 59 4
Some College/AA Degree 5 28 57 10
Bachelor/Graduate Degree 10 24 59 6

Region Too Much Right Not Enough Unsure

East Hudson 11 29 52 8
West Hudson 9 21 64 6
Western Counties 8 26 61 5

Party Identification Too Much Right Not Enough Unsure

Democrat 6 22 64 7
Independent 10 31 54 5
Republican 12 24 57 7

Ideology Too Much Right Not Enough Unsure

Liberal 9 21 68 3
Moderate 4 29 59 8
Conservative 16 29 50 5



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Q13: And if a candidate for governor or Congress wanted to spend additional money on state
transportation needs, at election time, would you be more likely to support, less likely to
support, or would make no difference in your support?

More Likely ...................................................................................... 39%
Less Likely ....................................................................................... 6
No Difference ................................................................................... 47
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 8

Gender More Less No Diff Unsure

Men 40% 8 44 8
Women 37 4 51 7

Age More Less No Diff Unsure

18-39 40 4 47 9
40-64 39 6 48 7
65 plus 36 9 48 8

Education More Less No Diff Unsure

High School/Less 32 4 55 9
Some College/AA Degree 41 8 44 8
Bachelor/Graduate Degree 49 7 39 5

Region More Less No Diff Unsure

East Hudson 37 7 46 10
West Hudson 44 6 44 6
Western Counties 36 5 52 6

Party Identification More Less No Diff Unsure

Democrat 49 3 40 8
Independent 39 6 48 6
Republican 29 9 53 9

Ideology More Less No Diff Unsure

Liberal 49 4 40 7
Moderate 54 3 42 5
Conservative 24 10 55 11





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Q15: Currently Amtrak has over 10 daily departures to New York City, and limited service to the
western New York and beyond. Thinking about passenger rail service, generally speaking
which best fits your view?

Passenger rail service should increase .............................................. 49%
Passenger rail service should remain the same ................................. 38
Passenger rail service should be reduced ......................................... 2
Passenger rail service should be eliminated ..................................... 2
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 9

Gender Increase Same Cut/Elmnte Unsure

Men 52% 38 4 6
Women 46 39 4 11

Age Increase Same Cut/Elmnte Unsure

18-39 45 38 6 11
40-64 53 36 3 8
65 plus 46 42 4 8

Education Increase Same Cut/Elmnte Unsure

High School/Less 40 42 5 13
Some College/AA Degree 46 45 4 6
Bachelor/Graduate Degree 68 22 3 7

Region Increase Same Cut/Elmnte Unsure

East Hudson 52 37 4 7
West Hudson 47 41 4 9
Western Counties 47 37 5 11

Party Identification Increase Same Cut/Elmnte Unsure

Democrat 52 32 3 13
Independent 53 35 3 9
Republican 43 46 6 5

Ideology Increase Same Cut/Elmnte Unsure

Liberal 53 34 3 9
Moderate 52 36 4 9
Conservative 45 40 5 10

Amtrak Passenger Status Increase Same Cut/Elmnte Unsure

Not a Past Passenger 47 38 4 11
Passenger 53 37 4 6




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Q16: Right now passenger rail service to Western New York and Canada is not always
convenient. If there was an additional train or trains as a daytime option to cities like
Boston, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, and Chicago, do you find this an idea you could
support?

Yes .................................................................................................... 81%
No ..................................................................................................... 14
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 5

Gender Yes No Unsure

Men 77% 18 5
Women 85 10 5

Age Yes No Unsure

18-39 79 13 8
40-64 84 13 2
65 plus 77 17 6

Education Yes No Unsure

High School/Less 77 16 7
Some College/AA Degree 83 13 3
Bachelor/Graduate Degree 86 10 4

Region Yes No Unsure

East Hudson 84 13 3
West Hudson 82 11 7
Western Counties 76 18 6

Party Identification Yes No Unsure

Democrat 82 12 6
Independent 84 11 5
Republican 77 18 4

Ideology Yes No Unsure

Liberal 86 11 3
Moderate 85 9 6
Conservative 75 19 6

Amtrak Passenger Status Yes No Unsure

Not a Past Passenger 80 15 5
Passenger 83 12 5

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Q17: Critics of Amtrak point out that the federal government spends over $1 billion dollars per
year to subsidize passenger rail service -- mostly in capital improvements -- and that as a
nation we can no longer afford Amtrak and its national rail network. Some suggest that the
rail lines be privatized to the highest bidder. Such action would likely mean rail service only
in the Northeast Corridor, with a loss of rail service to Western New York and most of
America. Knowing this, which best fits your view?

Provide more funding for additional Amtrak service ....................... 34%
Provide funding to keep current levels of Amtrak service .............. 39
Provide less funding, which will cut Amtrak service ....................... 3
Privatize or cut Amtrak, eliminating most Amtrak service .............. 15
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 8

Gender More Keep Less Cut Unsure

Men 36% 36 3 21 5
Women 33 43 3 10 12

Age More Keep Less Cut Unsure

18-39 31 45 2 16 6
40-64 36 37 4 14 8
65 plus 36 36 1 15 12

Education More Keep Less Cut Unsure

High School/Less 32 39 4 15 11
Some College/AA Degree 29 45 3 16 7
Bachelor/Graduate Degree 47 33 1 13 7

Region More Keep Less Cut Unsure

East Hudson 34 44 3 15 4
West Hudson 37 37 3 14 9
Western Counties 32 36 2 17 13

Party Identification More Keep Less Cut Unsure

Democrat 47 38 2 5 9
Independent 35 37 3 16 10
Republican 23 43 3 24 7

Ideology More Keep Less Cut Unsure

Liberal 46 37 1 7 9
Moderate 37 43 3 10 7
Conservative 23 37 4 24 12

Amtrak Passenger More Keep Less Cut Unsure

Not a Past Passenger 32 38 4 17 9
Passenger 40 41 1 11 8


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Q18: Recently the U.S. House voted on a new transportation bill. One amendment proposed was
to cut Amtrak’s operational budget by ten percent. Suppose you could vote on the
amendment, would you vote YES to cut Amtrak’s budget, or would you vote NO, and keep
Amtrak’s budget where it is?

Yes, cut budget ................................................................................. 16%
No, keep where it is .......................................................................... 77
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 7

Gender Yes No Unsure

Men 16% 80 4
Women 15 75 10

Age Yes No Unsure

18-39 10 85 5
40-64 19 73 8
65 plus 17 74 9

Education Yes No Unsure

High School/Less 16 78 7
Some College/AA Degree 14 79 7
Bachelor/Graduate Degree 16 76 8

Region Yes No Unsure

East Hudson 16 81 3
West Hudson 14 77 8
Western Counties 18 72 10

Party Identification Yes No Unsure

Democrat 10 84 6
Independent 12 79 9
Republican 24 69 7

Ideology Yes No Unsure

Liberal 12 82 6
Moderate 13 79 8
Conservative 16 77 7

Amtrak Passenger Status Yes No Unsure

Not a Past Passenger 17 75 8
Passenger 12 82 6


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Q19: When it comes to railroad safety and operations, do you think a train with a crew of one
individual can be operated as safe as a train with a crew of two individuals?

Yes, one operator can be as safe as two ............................................ 7%
No, one operator cannot be as safe ................................................... 85
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 8

Gender Yes No Unsure

Men 9% 83 8
Women 5 87 7

Age Yes No Unsure

18-39 3 89 8
40-64 10 83 7
65 plus 7 83 10

Education Yes No Unsure

High School/Less 6 87 6
Some College/AA Degree 6 89 5
Bachelor/Graduate Degree 9 78 13

Region Yes No Unsure

East Hudson 9 84 7
West Hudson 7 84 9
Western Counties 5 87 8

Party Identification Yes No Unsure

Democrat 7 85 8
Independent 4 88 9
Republican 9 83 7

Ideology Yes No Unsure

Liberal 6 84 10
Moderate 4 90 6
Conservative 9 83 8


New York District 19 Survey – July, 2014
Prepared by DFM Research


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Q20: Some in Congress want to enact a law, known as H.R. 3040 the Safe Freight Act, and if
passed would require all freight trains to operate with a crew of at least two people. Suppose
you could vote on this bill. Would you vote YES to pass H.R. 3040 or would you voted NO,
and reject H.R. 3040.

Yes, pass ........................................................................................... 84%
No, reject .......................................................................................... 8
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 8

Gender Pass Reject Unsure

Men 82% 10 9
Women 86 6 8

Age Pass Reject Unsure

18-39 84 8 8
40-64 85 8 8
65 plus 80 9 11

Education Pass Reject Unsure

High School/Less 85 8 8
Some College/AA Degree 89 5 6
Bachelor/Graduate Degree 78 9 12

Region Pass Reject Unsure

East Hudson 86 8 7
West Hudson 83 9 8
Western Counties 82 7 11

Party Identification Pass Reject Unsure

Democrat 87 4 9
Independent 87 5 9
Republican 78 14 8

Ideology Pass Reject Unsure

Liberal 86 4 10
Moderate 87 7 7
Conservative 81 11 8


New York District 19 Survey – July, 2014
Prepared by DFM Research


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Q21: While we are talking about laws, some in Congress want to increase the maximum allowable
truck weight on our nation’s highways from 80,000 to 97,000 pounds. Generally speaking,
do you approve or disapprove increasing the maximum truck weight?

Approve ............................................................................................ 17%
Disapprove ........................................................................................ 71
(VOL) Unsure ................................................................................... 12

Gender Approve Disapprove Unsure

Men 25% 64 10
Women 8 78 14

Age Approve Disapprove Unsure

18-39 21 68 11
40-64 16 70 13
65 plus 10 78 12

Education Approve Disapprove Unsure

High School/Less 20 73 7
Some College/AA Degree 13 73 14
Bachelor/Graduate Degree 15 66 20

Region Approve Disapprove Unsure

East Hudson 18 68 14
West Hudson 14 74 11
Western Counties 18 72 10

Party Identification Approve Disapprove Unsure

Democrat 10 73 17
Independent 22 66 12
Republican 18 74 8

Ideology Approve Disapprove Unsure

Liberal 9 80 11
Moderate 14 70 16
Conservative 22 67 11