Abercrombie, Carlisle & Obama see approval drop in Hawaii poll

By Keoki Kerr – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Approval ratings for the Governor and Honolulu Mayor have slipped since last May. That's according to the latest poll conducted by Hawaii News Now and the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

The Hawaii poll also shows a drop in support for island-born president Barack Obama.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle is facing re-election less than two years after taking office and the poll taken in late January and early February finds 55 percent of Oahu resident approve of his job performance while 34 percent disapprove. That's a nine point drop in his approval rating from last May when 64 percent approved of the job he was doing.

"It's not unusual for somebody to start at a very high level, and then when you get into the campaign season and people are shooting volleys back and forth at each other, people's minds change.  And that's just a snapshot in time, too," said Carlisle.

Carlisle points to what he says was the city's successful handling of the APEC meetings, as among the highlights of his short tenure at city hall.

"I think getting politics out of city hall was a big deal, I think our success with information technology.  I think our success with moving forward with rail, essentially, slowly but surely, and successfully.  I think all of those things are going to factor into me having that high an approval rating."

It's been a tough year for Governor Neil Abercrombie whose approval ratings dropped from 50 percent in may to 39 percent now.  His disapproval rating went up by 18 percent from 36 percent in May to 54 percent this year.

"What counts is results.  And since the election, I think people know that I've been telling them what needs to be heard, telling them what I think needs to be done and then acting on it.  That's what they expect of me," said Governor Abercrombie.

Abercrombie expects his ratings to improve along with the state of the economy.

"Business is better.  Our unemployment rate is getting better. We're in a positive balance out of the deficit," said Abercrombie.

And President Barack Obama's high approval ratings in his native state dipped a bit.  Last may 74 percent of voters in Hawaii approved of the job he was doing.  But now that number has fallen to 69 percent.

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