Geoff Rapoport AV Web
Most Americans Opposed to ATC Privatization
February 9, 2017
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  • The majority of Americans across gender, political affiliation, and age groups oppose privatization of the U.S. air traffic control system, according to recent polling conducted by the non-profit Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA). In a survey of 800 voters conducted between January 30 and February 5, AAAA found that although voters surveyed were evenly split on the merits of privatizing government services generally, on the question of management of the air traffic control system, those surveyed were opposed to privatization by a ratio of more than 2:1. The ratio of voters strongly opposing privatization to those strongly supporting privatization was 5:1. Among those surveyed, 88% had a positive view of the job done by the FAA in operating the air traffic control system, and 8% of surveyed voters had a negative view. The survey has a margin of error of ± 3.5%.