Baldwin County businessman, Dean Young said the latest poll he commissioned shows an overwhelming percentage of voters in Alabama are against tolling interstates. This announcement comes on the heels of a similar survey of voters in Mobile and Baldwin counties a week earlier. Young said the new poll shows that those polled in south Alabama aren’t alone.
Young felt compelled to do the state-wide poll after he said the sentiment from some in other parts of the state was that it was just citizens in south Alabama that were concerned. More than 1,600 registered voters across the state of Alabama were surveyed by the independent research firm, WT&S Consulting. Of those polled, 79 percent said they were against any tolls on interstate highways.
That number is even higher than the local poll results which showed 77 percent or participants against tolling. Young is currently working with various elected officials to get an Interstate Amendment prepared for discussion in the next legislative session. That amendment would make it illegal to toll interstates in Alabama.
Young said this new poll sends a clear message to elected officials across the state and to ALDOT officials that the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project needs to be halted so the people of the state can vote on it.
“This right here tells everyone, all senators, all representatives, anybody that wants to run for office in the state of Alabama…if you do that…if you vote to let this happen to the people of south Alabama, you will lose your next election,” Young said during a press conference Thursday, August 22, 2019. “There will be a great cleaning of the house in the state of Alabama from the governor, down.”
The polls have been commissioned and paid for by Dean Young. Governor Kay Ivy has said those against the toll need to bring forward solutions. To that Young said it’s the job of state leadership and ALDOT to come up with alternate funding sources.
The poll results:
- Support, 331 (21 percent)
- Oppose, 1,282 (79 percent)
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.21 percent.