I suspect that the poll results cited below are not atypical.
Persons think that government is able to give them something for nothing.
From a poll in Virginia:
Most Virginians are adamant about not wanting to raise taxes to address transportation problems, but depending on where they live, they disagree about whether fixing urban congestion is a regional or a state responsibility, according to a new poll.
Almost one of every four likely voters indicated that if the state needs to make more budget cuts, they want to start with transportation spending.
In other words, if it’s broke, don’t ask me to help fix it.
Even though I use it every day.
In other news, for example:
In 2008, 25.9 percent of Virginia’s bridges were functionally obsolete or structurally deficient, placing the state at 29th lowest in the nation for percent of deficient bridges. (Note: Functionally obsolete or structurally deficient bridges are not necessarily unsafe.) Virginia’s rate was higher than Tennessee’s 20.2 percent, but lower than that of either North Carolina or Maryland, which had 28.7 and 26.3 percent functionally obsolete or structurally deficient bridges, respectively. Arizona was the leading state at 11.2 percent; the national average in 2008 was 25.2 percent.