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Supporters say poll backs CRC

A new poll shows strong support for the concept of building the Columbia River Crossing project.

According to the poll released Friday by the Portland Business Alliance and Columbia River Crossing Coalition, 63 percent of city voters support the construction of a replacement highway and transit bridge across the Columbia River by 63 percent to 27 percent. Ten percent were undecided.

'Portland voters support moving forward with the construction of this critical project,' said CRCC executive director Brian Gard. 'Frankly, I think this strong support shows they understand how important this project is to the economy and jobs.'

The poll was conducted Tim Hibbitts of Davis, Hibbitts and Midghall, Inc., a well-known Portland-based polling firm. The telephone survey of 300 likely voters in the city of was conducted between September 27 and October 2. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.7% at the 95% confidence level.

The poll did not mention the project's estimated $3.6 billion price tag or the controversy surrounding the use of tolls to pay part of the construction cost.

Gard said the figures are similar to the rest of a poll on the project conducted in March by the PBA.

"When you've got that level of continuing support for any project or politician, I think you're doing very well," said Gard.

The PBA represents business owners in downtown and the surrounding area. The CRCC is a coalition of businesses, labor, ports and community groups that support the project and area advocating for the state and federal funding necessary to build it.