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Civil Beat-HNN poll: Support for rail is low, but most don’t want to see it stop at Middle Street

Updated: May. 6, 2021 at 10:22 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - With Honolulu’s rail system burdened by its biggest funding deficit ever, its reputation in the public is suffering as well.

That’s according to a Civil Beat-Hawaii News Now poll of registered voters.

The poll, conducted by MRG Research, found only 34% support for the project — nine points down from its peak popularity in 2015.

On the other hand, 53% oppose the project, and there are also more people who are undecided.

Results of a Civil Beat-HNN poll.
Results of a Civil Beat-HNN poll.(Hawaii News Now)

But when it comes to whether to address the money shortfall by cutting the project short, the public is divided: 26% say it should be halted at Middle Street, where it is nearly built.

A majority want it to go further — 19% to Aloha Tower and 44% saying it should still go to Ala Moana.

Matthew Fitch, of MRG Research, said the support for Ala Moana appeared to drop, but people still “do not want a watered-down version of rail.”

“They don’t want to get less for what they have already spent,” Fitch said.

Results of a Civil Beat-HNN poll.
Results of a Civil Beat-HNN poll.(Hawaii News Now)

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