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Breaking News: Poll Finds Americans Agree About Something!

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And, wouldn’t you know it, they agree about trains.

A recent poll conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the Association of American Railroads found that eight in 10 Americans — both Democrats and Republicans — said that the freight train industry is “important” to the U.S. economy.

76% agreed that it is safe to move freight by rail, and 70% held a “favorable view” of the freight train industry. A majority said they believed that rail plays an important role in reducing the transportation sector’s impact on climate change.

“While freight railroads have worked quietly behind the scenes during the pandemic, the American people have clearly recognized that the hard work and dedication of railroaders has and will continue to help power our economy,” AAR President and CEO Ian Jefferies said. “As Congress proceeds with surface transportation legislation, it should recognize that the freight rail industry has been delivering through these challenging times and abandon any efforts that would weaken the industry’s ability to serve their customers and the nation. Americans don’t see partisanship when they see a railroad; they see a critical, safe transportation mode helping us all move forward.”

The poll was conducted in late June among a national sample of 2,200 adults. The Association of American Railroads did not explain why two in 10 Americans don’t think freight trains are important to their country’s economy. One possibility: They misheard the question and thought they were being asked about “fruit stains” or “Great Danes.”

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