[UPDATE 4:16pm: There are some comments that a differently structured poll, or one with more background, would have produced a different result. I think that is a stronger indication that governance by poll and plebiscite is a shaky proposition, rather than that the public "really" favors a surface option.]
Publicola publishes results from a poll that, looking back, it’s amazing to believe hasn’t been conducted before: a three-way contest between the three viaduct replacement options:
Surface-transit finished a distant third, with only 21 percent support… The remainder of the Seattle electorate splits almost evenly between the rebuild and the deep bore tunnel, with neither generating anything close to 50 percent support.
The numbers are bad for surface/transit across all demographic groups.
As someone who has drifted from shrugging acceptance to strong opposition to the tunnel project, I could quibble about how the cost overrun provision affects opinion, and so on. But I’m not really interested in spinning away the apparent fact that my favored policy is unpopular.
Instead, I’d just say that it’s hard to sell “surface/transit” when the “transit” is a combination of buses already stuck in traffic plus some ephemeral promise of better transit in the distant future.