Straw poll reveals voters’ attitudes and favorites

WAILUA—Kaua’i voters participated in a pre-election preference poll Saturday

at Kinipopo Shopping Village in Wailua.

The poll, conducted by Philip G.

Harrison and the KFMN radio news staff, sought voters’ opinion on a variety of

topics and candidate preferences, including:

* What do you feel is the most

serious problemfacing Kaua’i today? Answer: 44 percent said traffic, 31 percent

employment and 12 percent housing.

* Do you think Kauai’s economy is back

to normal since Hurricane Iniki? Answer: 48 percent said it isn’t, 40 percent

thought it is.

* How do you rate the present county administration? Answer:

28 percent were “not satisfied,” 15 percent were “satisfied,” 3 percent were

“very satisfied” and 2 percent had no opinion.

* When asked which statement

they most agree with, 48 percent went for “It is most important right now for

Kaua’i to stimulate tourism and build the economy,” while 38 percent preferred

“At this time I think it’s most important to protect the lifestyle of Kaua’i,

even if it means economic sacrifice.”

Poll organizers said the responses

indicated concern shifts from economic growth to lifestyle as the economy

improves, but economic growth was still the overriding concern of those who

participated in the poll.

Asked to choose their favorite candidates in this

fall’s local elections, poll respondents said this:

* For County Council,

Gary Hooser (28 votes/54 percent), James Tokioka (24 votes/46 percent), Kaipo

Asing (21 votes/40 percent), Bryan Baptiste (20 votes/38 percent), Randal

Valenciano (19 votes/37 percent), Billy Swain (13 votees/25 percent), Kauailani

Kahalekai (13 votes/25 percent), Ronald Kouchi (12 votes/23 percent), Anne

Donovan (11 votes/21 percent), Daryl Kaneshiro (10 votes/19 percent), Rhoda

Libre (9 votes/17 percent), John Barretto (7 votes/13 percent), Joseph Prigge

(7 votes/13 percent), Bob Cariffe (6 votes/12 percent) and Roger Ridgley (1

vote/2 percent).

* U.S. senator (votes received): Daniel Akaka 39, John

Carroll 3, Eugene Douglass 2, Paul Manner 1.

* U.S. representative (votes

received): Patsy Mink 32, Russ Francis 13, Charles Collins 1, James Donovan

1.

* State representative, District 12 (votes received): Mina Morita 25,

Ann West-Tickle 13.

* State representative, District 13 (votes received):

Ezra Kanoho 28, Juan Lugo 14.

* State representative, District 14: Bertha

Kawakami 22, John Hoff 19.

* Board of Education, 7th Department (votes

received): Sherwood Hara 16, William George 13, Mitsugi Nakashima 10.

The

poll was not scientific, nor deemed a predictor of the outcome of the

elections, organizers said.

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