Most Americans Opposed To ATC Privatization

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The majority of Americans across gender, political affiliation and age groups oppose privatization of the U.S. air traffic control system, according to a recent poll. Although voters surveyed were evenly split on the merits of privatizing government services generally, when asked about operation of the air traffic control system, those surveyed were opposed to privatization 62% to 26%–a ratio of more than 2:1. The ratio of voters strongly opposing privatization to those strongly supporting privatization was 5:1. Among those surveyed, 88% had a positive view of the job done by the FAA in operating the air traffic control system, and 8% of surveyed voters had a negative view.

The poll was conducted between Jan. 30 and Feb. 5 surveying 800 randomly selected, likely voters yielding a margin of error of 3.5%. Jeffrey Pollock, Executive Vice President of Global Strategy Group, who conducted the poll, told reporters that the participants were generally representative of the national registered voter pool including by gender and race. The poll was paid for by the Alliance for Aviation Across America, a nonprofit advocacy organization that lobbies on behalf of general aviation operators and beneficiaries, particularly those based in rural communities.