Here’s the questionnaire we used in our survey of likely voters on February 26 and 27 about attitudes toward Honolulu’s rail project and mayoral candidates.

ABOUT THE POLL: Civil Beat surveyed 1,172 likely voters on February 26 and 27, 2012, using interactive voice response technology (touch-tone polling). Likely voters were defined as registered voters whose public voting record indicated active participation in recent General Elections. No calls were made (a) to residents of the state who were not registered voters or (b) to registered voters who did not have a demonstrated record of participation in recent General Elections. Poll results were weighted based on age and gender. Questions about the Honolulu Mayor’s race were further weighted based on respondent likelihood of voting in the August 11, 2012 Mayoral election. In the Mayoral head-to-head question (question #2), the presentation order of candidate names was randomized. The sampling margin of error is +/- 2.9 percentage points. The margin of error indicates that in 95 percent of samples of this size, the results will be within +/- 2.9 percent of the actual percentage in the full population of voters. The poll was conducted by Civil Beat working with Merriman River Group, a full-service consulting organization specializing in election management, opinion research and communication.), a full-service consulting organization specializing in election management, opinion research and communication.

The rail corridor: Civil Beat defined the rail corridor as the entirety of all ZIP codes where the distance from a rail station or the rail line to the nearest point of a given ZIP code was one mile or less. We determined distances using a ZIP code map, the official interactive route map from HART and an as-the-crow-flies distance calculator. Here’s the full list of ZIP codes we determined to be within the transit corridor for the purposes of this poll: 96707, 96706, 96797, 96782, 96701, 96818, 96819, 96817, 96813, 96814, 96826, 96822, 96815, 96853, 96860. Civil Beat used public voter records to establish the ZIP codes of respondents.

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