Poll Shows Strong Support For “Red-Light Cameras”

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A recent statewide survey of New Jersey voters, conducted jointly by Public Opinion Strategies and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, found that fully 77% of New Jersey voters support the use of “red-light cameras” at high volume intersections in their state, while just 19% oppose them.

Those voters “strongly” supporting red-light cameras outnumber those who strongly oppose them by a wide 50%-11% margin.

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Jeremy Rosner, executive vice president at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, noted that “support for these red-light cameras is not only very strong across the Garden State, but also cuts across all major party, ideological, and demographic groups, including gender, age, education, and ethnicity – majorities of Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, all support this.”

The survey also showed that while support for red-light cameras is very high, voters believe that their support is not shared by others. By a 33%-43% margin, voters believe that most residents in their state oppose red-light cameras, providing evidence of a “disconnect” between voters’ actual attitudes on the issue and their perception of how other voters feel.

Neil Newhouse, one of the founding partners of Public Opinion Strategies, commented “These results are striking. Rarely in public opinion research do you find voter attitudes so drastically different from how they believe others think about the issue. Red-light camera supporters are truly the ‘silent majority,’ while opponents might be described as a vocal minority.”

The statewide survey was based on telephone interviews with 600 registered voters, conducted September 8-9, 2009 on behalf of American Traffic Solutions and Redflex Traffic Systems. The results are subject to a margin of sampling error of approximately plus or minus 4.0 percent.

Public Opinion Strategies (POS) and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQR) are prominent Republican and Democratic polling firms respectively. POS and GQR have conducted numerous public opinion research projects jointly in the past, including work on behalf of the L.A. Times and National Public Radio (NPR).


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