“Casual visitors” are allowed access to the site, CB says, and presumably can read this story, which tops CB's news today: Civil Beat Poll – Honolulu Voters Oppose Rail Project
April 2013 Update: See Yes2Rail's final post -- the results of the 2013 mayoral election that revealed the extent of Civil Beat's misunderstanding of public opinion on rail.
But There’s More
The reference to “residents of the state” is noteworthy, because the phrase just as easily and more precisely could have said “residents of Oahu” if that were the case. But incredibly, this survey on the Honolulu rail project solicited the opinions of neighbor island residents!
We know that for a fact because of the February 26th email we received from a friend living on Maui who maintains no residence on Oahu. After describing the questions and issues in the automated poll, he observed:
And since it wasn't just Honolulu voters who were surveyed, the headline does appear to be misleading after all.
A Radical Suggestion
It’s difficult to believe his strong support and the anti-rail majority found in the poll were not influenced by the heavy media coverage Mr. Cayetano enjoyed during the survey period. That poll had a poorly worded question that required an element of interpretation by the participants. At least the Civil Beat poll avoided that problem in asking its first question.
In 2008, the Honolulu Advertiser reported the results of a survey that, while showing strong pro-rail sentiment, included an extremely misleading and frankly inaccurate question that contributed to the results.
Now comes the Civil Beat survey that raises questions about how it was conducted. So here’s our radical suggestion: