Civil Beat: New Abercrombie ratings are inUPDATED 8:50 AM HST Oct 23, 2013Video Transcript
hot. The latest Civil Beat Poll is out. And even less popular? Honolulu's rail project. With more on these stories... Joining us over skype is CIVIL- BEAT-DOT-COM reporter, Chad Blair. So Civil Beat asked registered Hawaii voters how they feel about the job Gov. Abercrombie is doing. Survey says? 1. A majority of registered Hawaii voters who plan to vote in the Democratic primary - 51 percent - do not like the way Gov. Neil Abercrombie http://www.civilbeat. com/topics/neil- abercr ombie/ has been doing his job, according to a new Civil Beat poll.Just 39 percent said they approve of the governor's job performance, while 10 percent said they are unsure. Abercrombie's numbers have worsened since a Civil Beat Poll in June http://www.civilbeat. com/articles/19415/ showed 48 percent of registered voters disapproved of his job performance while just 45 percent approved. Despite the deterioration of support, it's not time for Abercrombie to start panicking. Our pollster says it's very common for elected officials that are chief executives to struggle three years in. You make tough decisions and you have to own them. But Abercrombie has a year to spend reminding people of what he has accomplished. But wait -- even more unpopular? Survey Says...? Honolulu's rail project is even more unpopular than Hawaii's governor. Just 35 percent of voters say they support the project while 55 percent oppose. The results are almost identical to polls we conducted in February 2012 http://www.civilbeat. com/articles/15051/ and April 2012 http://www.civilbeat. com/articles/15678/ , suggesting that opinions are fairly anchored at this point. After surviving legal and environmental challenges, the rail project resumed construction http://www.civilbeat. com/articles/2013/0 9/0 5/19830-honolulu-rails - new-27-million-safety -feature-to- avert-trac k-fatalities/ last month. Still, opposition to the project, according to our poll, endures across the board: age, ethnicity, gender, income, education, ideology. There is one exception, though. Among labor union useholds, 47 pct support theroject, with percent oppos.h gure may reflect the factt the rail oject meansmoyment r many contractors and their workforces. Hawaii lawmakers, we know, get an annual legislative allowance. But we understand Civil Beat looked at who is spending what and found -- some are big spenders... Others not. 3. Hawaii legislators are allowed an annual legislative allowance of about $11,000. Much of it goes toward big-ticket items like newsletters and end-of-session mailers to constituents. Only a handful of senators don't take full advantage of their allowance. Laura Thielen http://www.civilbeat. com/topics/laura- thiel en/ and Sam Slom http://www.civilbeat. com/topics/sam- slom/ are among those that spend very little. But others spend big money to travel, like Kalani English's trip to Tahiti last year for an Asia-Pacific forum http://www.clubmadrid .org/en/programa/club demadridasiapacific forum d Les Iha's travel to C. for a leslative summit And the are smaller penselike garlic salt r SenMaile imabukuro and hand towels r Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz http://www.civilbeat. m/topics/donovan -del cruz/ 'office. You can find the complete story we just discussed on CIVIL-BEAT-DOT-COM.