Poll shows public misgivings about infrastructure plan

A new poll out Tuesday shows misgivings about the government’s infrastructure plan among a sizeable section of the public.

The poll was conducted during June by the Grassroots Influence Culture and Education Foundation. The release of the results comes as the Legislature prepares to address an infrastructure bill during an ad hoc session over the summer recess.

60% of respondents said they did not understand what the government’s plan entails. 60% also said that they oppose borrowing money to pay for the plan’s costs.

Close to half said they believe the plan involves pork barrel spending. 48% said they oppose the plan’s allocation of half of funding for local light-rail metro issues. 58% said they believe these plans will lead to the building of lines and facilities that will be underused.

50% of respondents said they do not believe the plan will help solve the problem of sluggish national economic development.

The poll yield 1115 valid samples. It had a confidence level of 95% and a margin of error of plus or minus three percent.

Source: Radio Taiwan International