Honolulu rail:mayoral race questionnaire


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Honolulu rail:mayoral race questionnaire

  1. 1. Aloha, this is Amy, calling from Peer News with a quick five-minute survey aboutimportant issues facing Honolulu today, including the Honolulu rail project and theupcoming election for Mayor. Your opinion counts, so please participate.Age First, I just need to confirm your age.18-2930-3940-4950-6465+!Gender Thank you! And are you a man or a woman?MaleFemale1) Mahalo! Now I want to ask you some quick questions about the election for HonoluluMayor that will take place in August. That election will include the contest for Mayor andalso Honolulu City Council. Voters will also have the opportunity to vote in either theDemocratic or Republican primary for the U.S. Senate race. How likely are you to votein the election for Mayor in August?Definitely/Very LikelySomewhat LikelyUnlikelyNot Sure2) Thank you! And if the election for Honolulu Mayor were held today, who would yousupport? The candidates are current Honolulu Mayor, Peter Carlisle; former HawaiiGovernor, Ben Cayetano; and former acting Honolulu Mayor, Kirk Caldwell.[Randomize order of names]CarlisleCayetanoCaldwellNot sure3) Thank you! And what issue will be most important to you in making your choice forMayor? Is it homelessness? The local economy? The Honolulu rail project? Improving 1
  2. 2. infrastructure, including roads, water, and sewers? Local taxes and fees? Or somethingelse?HomelessnessEconomy!Rail! !InfrastructureTaxes/Fees!Other/Not sure4a) And how important is [candidateʼs name] position on the rail project in yourdecision to support him?Very importantSomewhat importantNot importantNot sure!4b) [For “not sure” on Q2] And how important will the issue of the rail project be inyour ultimate decision about who to support for Mayor?Very importantSomewhat importantNot importantNot sure5) Mahalo! This is a crucial year for Honolulus rail project. We would like to know yourviews about the rail project. First, do you support or oppose construction of the 20-mileelevated rail project from East Kapolei to the Ala Moana shopping center?SupportOpposeNo opinionNot sure6) Thank you! Now, do you believe that if the rail line is built, there will be less trafficcongestion in Honolulu than we have today?YesNoNot sure 2
  3. 3. 7) Thank you! Now Iʼm going to ask how you feel about some of the concerns peoplehave about the rail project. First, how concerned are you that the rail project is tooexpensive?Very concerned! !Somewhat concerned!Not concerned! !Not sure! ! !8) Thank you! And how concerned are you that rail will damage Oahus natural beautyand landscape?Very concerned! !Somewhat concerned!Not concerned! !Not sure! ! !9) How concerned are you that not enough people would use the rail line if it is built?Very concerned! !Somewhat concerned!Not concerned! !Not sure! ! !10) And how concerned are you that the rail project will disturb Native Hawaiian burials?Very concerned! !Somewhat concerned!Not concerned! !Not sure! ! !11) Now, which of those issues concerns you most about the rail project?Wonʼt solve problems! !Cost! ! ! !Beauty! ! ! !Not enough use! ! !Burials! ! ! !Not concerned! ! !Not sure! ! ! ! 3
  4. 4. 12) Thank you! And do you think that the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation iscompetent and can carry out the project successfully?Yes! ! ! ! !No! ! ! ! !Not sure! ! ! !13) And what do you think about local media coverage of the rail project? Has itgenerally been fair or biased?Fair! ! ! ! !Biased in favor of rail! ! !Biased against rail! ! !Not sure! ! ! !14) Thank you! And how often do you think you would use the rail line; often, once in awhile, or never?Often! ! ! !Once in a while! ! !Never!! ! !Not sure! ! ! !15) Finally, how often do currently ride TheBus; often, once in a while, or never?Often! ! ! !Once in a while! ! !Never!! ! !Not sure! ! ! !16) And now a quick question about President Obama. Do you generally approve ordisapprove of Barack Obamaʼs job performance as President?Approve strongly! !Approve somewhat!Disapprove somewhat!Disapprove strongly!Not sure! ! ! 4
  5. 5. DemographicsPartyDemocrat! ! !Republican! !Independent! !Not sure! ! !Ethnicity/RaceCaucasian! ! ! !Japanese! ! ! !Filipino! ! ! !Hawaiian! ! ! !Chinese! ! ! !Other/Mixed! ! !EducationNo degree! ! !High School Degree!College Degree! !Graduate Degree! !Income$50,000 or less! !$50,000-$100,000!$100,000 or more! ! !PoliticsLiberal/progressive!Moderate! ! !Conservative!!Not sure! ! ! 5