February 5th, 2013

The AFL-CIO, hearing the buzz about a potential primary challenge to Gov. Neil Abercrombie next year, has conducted an automated telephone poll testing the governor against U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.

The poll, taken last week, showed Abercrombie trailing Hanabusa in a hypothetical primary match-up. The poll also had Abercrombie with low favorability and job approval ratings. Local labor sources described the survey as an early temperature check by the national AFL-CIO.

The horserace*:

Hanabusa: 42%

Abercrombie: 35%

Not sure: 23%

*(Based on 698 respondents. The margin of error was not immediately available.)

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