Hiller Instinct: Digging deeper poll
The Hiller Instinct: Hiller Instinct: Digging deeper poll
"This is the one thing that stuck with me - how did this happen? How could this possibly happen," Matt Amorello, the former Mass. Turnpike Authority Chairman said.
Amorello may see himself as a political casualty, but most state voters don't.
Our exclusive 7News-Suffolk University poll shows 49% think he deserved to lose his job...while 38% say he was a scapegoat.
"When you contrast someone losing their life with someone losing their job, obviously people are going to think he deserved to lose his job...it was under his watch...he was the Turnpike Chairman...the voters have spoken and spoken clearly," Professor David Paleologos, Suffolk University Pollster said.
Voters speak even more clearly about what they think is ahead on the pike.
Asked whether tolls will increase over the next year...an overwhelming 73% said yes, just 14% no.
Governor Mitt Romney explained the tunnel construction by saying, "And if there is--for some reason--a piece of re-bar right where you're planning on opening up that flange, it wouldn't work at all..."
The tunnel tragedy turned the State's Chief Executive into a Chief Engineer. Mitt Romney raced from the site to the State House stage, giving updates almost daily. But voters weren't all that impressed.
When we asked them to grade Romney on the Big Dig, 45% gave him an "A" or a "B," but 55% gave him a "C", "D," or "F."
"I...I doubt...I doubt the Lt. Governor knew. Why? Because the first thing we did was shut the tunnel," Romney said.
Voters were even less impressed with Kerry Healey...who often looked more like a prop than a player.
Her Big Dig report card grades: A's and B's: 28%...C's, D's and F's: 72%
"We're treating this as a crime scene and we're looking at manslaughter," Attorney General Tom Reilly said.
Likely voters looking at Tom Reilly gave him the same grades as Healey: A's and B's: 28%...C's, D's and F's: 72%
Voters have lost confidence in government, and behind all this frustration there's fear.
Asked: do you believe there will be another accident or system failure in the Big Dig over the next year...60% said yes...just 29% no.
Don't underestimate this discontent.
Voters feel vulnerable and victimized: they paid for the best and got the worst.
With elections coming soon, insiders beware!
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