Americans prefer good roads to iPhones, electricity, Internet and sewage?

| June 10, 2013

What’s really more important in the lives of Americans — cable, cell phone, Internet, water, sewage or electricity? The surprising answer: Well-maintained transportation infrastructure.

Yes, in a recent poll reported by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, about 80 percent of respondents said they preferred good, safe roads to the aforementioned list of modern technologies.

Overdrive sister site Better Roads originally reported on the poll last week. Its report shows that 78 percent of the respondents said driving a vehicle was important in their daily lives, and 88 percent said infrastructure is important to maintaining a strong economy.

Additionally, 74 percent said upkeeping transportation infrastructure should be the main function of the federal government.

The poll touched on fuel taxes, too, and 40 percent of respondents said they did not know how much they paid in fuel taxes. According to the Federal Highway Administration, the average household in the U.S. spends about 3.5 timers a month on electricity and natural gas service than they do state and federa fuel taxes.

They also spend about 3.5 times more on phone service and 2.5 times more on TV, radio and Internet access, says FHWA.

What are your thoughts on transportation infrastructure and fuel taxes? Should the U.S. be investing more in roads and highways?