Hawaii News Now along with the Star Advertiser backed a poll earlier this month.We asked several questions including who you would vote for if the Honolulu mayoral election were held that day. To explain the results, Becki Ward, the president of Ward Research which conducted the poll, appeared on Sunrise.
Ward said they had a random sample of 401 likely primary voters who answered the questions. The poll showed former congressman Charles Djou (39%) with a sizable lead over current mayor Kirk Caldwell (30%). Former mayor Peter Carlisle was in third place with 15% of the vote. Ward says that with almost statistical certainty, no one will get a majority vote in the upcoming primary election on August 13. That means, a runoff election will be held in the general election on November 8, 2016. The margin of error is 4.9%.
As for rail, she said it was clear that voters did not want to raise property taxes in order to pay for the project. 81% said "no" to raising property taxes. While they were split on raising the general excise tax for rail.