What if they did a survey and the results were so impossible the entire organization is called into question? Nothing at least as long as the "results" conform to the agenda of the commissioners of the poll.
Field Research Corporation of San Francisco, CA has just released an energy and transportation paper (small pdf file). In this comes the surprising result:
"Many motorists are employing a variety of gas saving measures, such as driving less (78%), buying lower
grades of gasoline (67%), and using their more fuel efficient vehicle (59%). Smaller proportions also say they are carpooling more (28%), employees are taking jobs closer to their home or moving closer to their worksite (28%) or adjusting work hours so they are not commuting to the worksite as often (25%). Others report having replaced a car or truck with a more fuel-efficient vehicle (27%), and 17% say they are using public transportation more."
Wow, 17%. Too bad less than 2% of all passenger trips in the State are on public transportation. If 17% of those surveyed used transit even once more ridership would more than double which isn't possible given schedules and capacity constraints.
There's an important lesson here. Stated preference and revealed preference are vastly different animals when there is a perception of acceptable behavioral conduct. People are saying they are using more transit because they've been brainwashed into thinking it is the right thing to do. It also pretty much kills the chances of high speed rail actually passing no matter what their field polls show.