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