Poll finds favorable, unfavorable politicians

Published: Apr. 12, 2011 at 10:56 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 12, 2011 at 11:00 PM HST
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By Shawn Ching - email

(HawaiiNewsNow) - Monday we told you that Ed Case would beat former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in a hypothetical Primary Election for a seat in the U.S. Senate. That was according to a telephone poll of 700 registered Hawaii voters.

In that same poll, there were some other very interesting tidbits on local politicians, and whether voters found them to be favorable.

The poll tested the names of some of the Democratic candidates most often mentioned and a former governor -- Ed Case, Colleen Hanabusa, Mufi Hannemann, Mazie Hirono, Donna Mercado Kim, Brian Schats, John Waihee and Linda Lingle.

So who did the people like and dislike, and who had most never heard of?

Those are called favorable and unfavorable ratings, and politicians either love or loathe this type of data. If more people like you, you've got a better chance of getting their vote.

According to the numbers, the politician who had the highest favorable rating was Representative Mazie Hirono with 62%. She had solid favorable numbers and pretty low unfavorable numbers.

Then it was Hannemann at 54%, Abercrombie and Hanabusa at 52% and Ed Case at 51%.

At the other end, the unfavorable were former Governor Linda Lingle. She faired the worst in the category with 44% finding her unfavorable. Then it was Hannemann with 35% of those polled; 33% for Abercrombie; and just 25% for Case.

And who did the worst? There were two – Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz with 37% of the favorable vote. 49% said they had never heard of him.

State Senator Donna Mercado Kim only got 29% of the favorable vote, but over half – 59% -- did not know of her or had never heard of her.

The margin of error of the poll was 3.7%.

So who wanted to know this information? Probably a likely candidate, but we weren't able to confirm that. SMS Research, the company that conducted the poll, would only tell us it was privately commissioned.

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