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New Hawaii poll reveals local political, sports preferences

By Ian Scheuring

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A study administered by Public Policy Polling has revealed new preferences amongst Hawaii residents in regards to such topics as politics, governmental organization and both collegiate and professional sports.

The group, which recently found Neil Abercrombie to be the most unpopular governor in the United States, says that former Hawaii governor Linda Lingle should keep a safe distance from the Tea Party if she wishes to represent Hawaii in the Senate; the movement, which is even unpopular in many of the so-called "red" states, is massively disliked in Hawaii. More than half of those polled oppose the goals of the Tea Party, while only 28% said they supported the group.

Another controversial topic, that of the relatively new Occupy Wall Street movement, was more split, with 38% of those polled saying they supported the group and 35% saying they opposed it. When asked which of the two movements they had a high opinion of, 44% of those polled chose the Occupy Wall Street movement while only 29% chose the Tea Party.

When asked whether or not they thought Hawaii should secede from the union and become its own country again, almost 75% of those polled said they disagreed with the idea. The sentiment was significantly closer among the 18% of those polled who identified themselves as Native Hawaiians, with that split coming 38% to 45% in favor of secession.

When it came to college sports, around 42% of those polled were happy that the University of Hawaii had elected to move to the Mountain West Conference, with only 20% saying they wish U.H. had stayed in the WAC.

Most Hawaiians said that they either did not have a favorite MLB (25%) or NFL (28%) teams or liked someone other than the nine teams Public Policy Polling mentioned in the poll. Of those nine teams, the New York Yankees (16%) and Los Angeles Angels (14%) boasted the highest local fan bases, followed by the Philadelphia Phillies (13%) and San Francisco Giants (10%). Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino is a native Hawaiian.

In the NFL, recent Super Bowl success finds the Green Bay Packers (17%) as Hawaii's most popular team, followed by the San Fancisco 49ers (14%), the Dallas Cowboys (13%) and the Oakland Raiders (8%).

PPP surveyed 568 Hawaii voters from October 13th to 16th. The margin of error for the survey is +/-4.1%. This poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization.

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