Civil Beat conducted a survey of likely general election voters about in late September to gauge public opinion on three key issues — the nation’s economy and deficit, Hawaii education and teachers, and the Honolulu rail project. We also asked about five major political contests to be decided on Nov. 6 — races for president, U.S. Senate, Congress and Honolulu mayor.

Below are the full questionnaires, issue results, demographics and methodologies.

Here are the stories Civil Beat published based on the polls, each of which has its own race-specific survey report with full results and cross-tabulations:


Civil Beat surveyed a random sample of 1,648 likely participants in the upcoming November general election (i.e., registered voters whose voting histories indicate that they are likely to vote). Calls were made on the evenings of Sept. 26 to Sept. 28, using interactive voice response technology (touch-tone polling).

All results were balanced for age, gender, race/ethnicity, and congressional district (within Honolulu County).

The sampling margin of error for the full sample is +/- 2.4 percentage points. The margin of error indicates that in 95 percent of samples of this size, the results will be within +/- 2.4 percent of the actual percentage in the full population of likely voters. Other sources of error, such as imperfect response rates, are also common in public opinion research and may affect the results. The margin of error for any crosstabulated result is larger than the margin of error of the corresponding topline result. Each election report includes the specific margin of error for that subsample.

The poll was conducted by Civil Beat working with Merriman River Group, a full-service consulting organization specializing in opinion research, election management, and communications.


Senate, Congress, Mayor Primary Election Reports

Contest By Contest Crosstabulations

Geographic Crosstabulations

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