April 15, 2022 6:00am

A toll for a new Mississippi River Bridge? Our respondents say yes.

But they're skeptical about larger public support for tolls.

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By Matthew Albright
Baton Rouge, LA Correspondent

With all the talk of a potential new Mississippi River Bridge for Baton Rouge, some state leaders are talking about the possibility of a toll to help pay for it. But Louisiana doesn't usually do tolls, and some are dead set against the idea.

Given Baton Rouge's infamous traffic problems, we thought this was an issue our Power Poll respondents would want to weigh in on.

First off, pretty much everybody agreed that we have to do something to get more money to improve roads and bridges. Not only did almost all respondents say Louisiana doesn't spend enough on this infrastructure, most said it spends way too little on it.

There was pretty strong support from our respondents for using a toll to help pay for a new Mississippi River Bridge.

Support for tolls as more general way to pay for road and bridge infrastructure was less enthusiastic. But opinions were still pretty positive.

However, our respondents think their opinions don't match the general public's. Almost all of them said they think most Louisiana residents don't like the idea of paying tolls.

About Power Poll: Power Poll asks questions of the most powerful, influential people in U.S. cities. It is not a scientific survey. But because the people responding to the surveys comprise the leadership structure of their cities, the results afford a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of those in a position to make change. Power Poll is distinctly nonpartisan.

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