When it comes to Indy Go’s “Red Line” nearly 60 percent of voters either don’t like it or have no opinion of it. That’s according to a recent survey of 350 likely voters conducted by Indy Politics and Mason Strategies.
The poll reveals that 35 percent have a favorable opinion of the Red Line, while 29 percent have an unfavorable opinion and another 29 percent have no opinion.
The Red Line has been somewhat controversial. Critics say it disrupted traffic patterns and wasted taxpayers’ money, while supporters say it was necessary to connect service industry workers to the downtown area.
When broken down by geography, residents who live in the northern townships (Pike, Washington, and Lawrence) view the Red Line most favorably at 42 percent. Residents on the south side (Franklin, Perry, and Decatur) are more likely to view the Red Line in a negative light (38 percent) while voters in the city’s center (Warren, Center, Wayne) are split with 34 percent favorable and 32 percent unfavorable.
A plurality of Democrats viewed the Red Line favorably (44 percent), while a plurality of Republicans viewed it unfavorably (40 percent). Independent voters were nearly split, 39 percent favorable, 32 percent unfavorable.
When broken down by race, 40 percent of whites had a favorable opinion of the Red Line, while only 26 percent of African-Americans did.
The poll of 350 likely voters was conducted October 14-17 by Mason Strategies and has a margin of error of +/-5.2 percent.