DNC Commute Day 3: Three Rides A Charm

7/29/2004

BOSTON, MA – The ride to and from Boston continues to be an easy one as less people attempted the Wednesday commute, according to an exclusive 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll just released.

For the third day in a row, arrival times in Boston and back home continued to top previously set highs from Monday and Tuesday. When respondents were asked about the commute to Boston, a whopping 93% said that they arrived “on time,” or “early,” compared to 91% Tuesday. Only 7% arrived late Wednesday compared to 9% on Tuesday.
Similarly, when respondents were asked about the commute home, 94% said that they arrived “on time,” or “early,” compared to 90% on Tuesday. Only 5% said that they arrived home late compared to 10% on Tuesday.

“How much higher can these numbers go,” said David Paleologos, Director of the Political Research Center at Suffolk University. “We expected that there would be some bumps along the road as the week progressed. Instead, we’re seeing an even better commute.”
Although arrival times were stellar, the survey recorded a third straight decline in the number of respondents who said that their commute was better than expected. When asked, “how did your commute go to Boston,” 26% said “better than expected,” compared to 31% Tuesday and 37% Monday.

“As word spread that the commute was smooth on Monday and Tuesday, expectations rose,” said Paleologos. “Even though punctual arrival times hit new highs on Wednesday, less people felt that their commute went better than expected.”

In addition, 43% said they “didn’t try” the commute on Wednesday, significantly higher than the 35% recorded on Monday & Tuesday. Furthermore, it appears that even fewer commuters will be attempting the ride on Thursday. When asked, “will you commute to Boston tomorrow,” 57% said “yes” (-11% over Tuesday) while 41% said “no” (+12% over Tuesday).

The survey of 300 Boston commuters was completed between 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM on
Wednesday, July 28th. The poll has an error rate of +/- 5.6% at a 95% confidence level. Respondents were randomly selected from a list of 50,000 residents (between the ages
of 17-65 years) who resided in Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex, Norfolk, & Plymouth counties.

All gender, county, region, and age demographics matched the latest Census2000 block data and the American Factfinder survey results for commuters to Boston.

David Paleologos, Director of Suffolk University's Political Research Center, will be available to comment on the daily commuter survey results. He can be reached at 781-290-9310.

The survey result will be broadcast on WHDH-TV and posted on both the Suffolk University website (www.suffolk.edu) and the WHDH-TV website (www.whdh.com).

7NBC (WHDH-TV) is Boston’s NBC Network affiliate, a Sunbeam Broadcasting station, and “the News Station” delivering the market’s leading source for breaking news, special reports, features and critical information: 7NEWS!

Suffolk University, located on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal (Africa), is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 7,500 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer School of Management.

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