Poll: Plurality Supports Privatizing Air Traffic Control

June 20, 2017 | Cameron Easley

Morning Consult

President Donald Trump recently kicked off the White House’s “Infrastructure Week” with a push to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system, a proposal backed by a plurality of registered voters in a recent Morning Consult survey.

Forty-two percent of respondents in the June 8-12 survey said they supported establishing an independent, nonprofit corporation to oversee the air traffic control system, a proposal most recently pushed by House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) during negotiations to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration last year. Roughly one-third (32 percent) of voters said they opposed removing air traffic control from the FAA’s purview, while 27 percent said they didn’t know or had no opinion of the proposal.

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