Local Connection: Hawaii Poll

Local Connection: Hawaii Poll

By: Rick Blangiardi

The Hawaii News Now-Honolulu Star-Advertiser Hawaii Poll this week has a lot of interesting insights but it's clear that residents have identified four main issues that are on their minds right now: rail, traffic, homelessness and the economy.

After those big four, the other issues fall far down the list. surprisingly, there's little concern about education, as well as crime and safety, over-development or even jobs.

So elected officials and business leaders should take some notice: the rail project needs strict oversight, traffic concerns need to be addressed, the homeless problem is still not under control and the economy needs to be carefully watched.

There's still a lot of good will for Mayor Kirk Caldwell and his bike lanes on King Street have two-thirds approval, although nearly eight in 10 say they will never use them.

Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed like the city's sit-lie laws to discourage homelessness.

But residents are clearly frustrated over rising rail costs and the traffic that still plagues Honolulu.

More than half of those surveyed either want to halt construction of the rail or cut engineering costs.

The Hawaii Poll provides a good barometer for what residents are seeking. Our public officials would do well to take a closer look at the Hawaii Poll.

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