As part of the Fix Our Roads campaign the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association (ARHCA) contracted the public opinion research firm One Persuades to survey Albertans to gain more insight on their concerns regarding road and transportation infrastructure.
Between May 14 and 17, 2021 One Persuades surveyed 661 Albertans using a representative sample.
The survey asked Albertans from across the province three questions of Albertans:
- Do you think the quality of our highways and city roads is getting better or getting worse?
- I believe that governments can help the economy grow by investing in roads and transportation.
- I believe governments are planning and managing road budgets better than in the past.
The results indicate that Province-wide, 43% of Albertans think roads are getting moderately or much worse.
65% of Albertans think governments at all levels are not managing road budgets as well as in the past.
In terms of dissatisfaction Calgarians are a bit happier about the state of things versus Edmontonians, and rural Albertans are the most displeased.
Province-wide, across every demographic, 75% of people agree that investing in roads and transportation can help the economy grow.
In general, the survey shows that Albertans expect governments to do a better job building and maintaining roads, and they see infrastructure as a smart investment in the future of our province and our economy.
The survey results support the work of the ARHCA asking governments for more transparent, sustainable long-term infrastructure planning and funding for our roads.
In the coming months, the ARHCA will be bringing this message to decision makers in government and candidates in the upcoming municipal election.