Gallup released survey results today that gauge satisfaction with roads and highways in each country. The global average was a 59% satisfaction ranking, with the US ranking as the 26th most satisfied country (with 69% of the population satisfied with roads).
While it’s certainly commendable that a majority of those polled find their roads satisfactory, it’s a bit humbling that the United States—with a GDP of over $15 trillion—has a ranking equal to that of Georgia (the country), whose GDP is less than $25 billion.
And though transportation infrastructure has come onto the political radar for this year’s elections, Gallup provides a helpful reminder that outmoded and overworked roads are global issues, particularly since they have a very real effect on international trade and economic development.
IBTTA heartily supports Gallup’s conclusion that “All countries, particularly low-income and middle-income countries, must focus not only on improved road safety and fewer traffic accidents, but also on making long-term political and financial commitments to improving road networks …”