Hawaii for Obama, poll says

September 24th, 2008

Republican Gov. Linda Lingle is preparing for a six-state campaign tour on behalf of John McCain and Sarah Palin that will take her through Michigan, Ohio, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Missouri.

Trying to rally support for the GOP ticket in those states might prove easier than here at home, where an early poll shows Hawaii-born Democratic nominee Barack Obama holds a sizable lead.

The poll released today by Rasmussen Reports shows Obama, a 1979 Punahou graduate, leading McCain 68 percent to 27 percent.

Obama  is viewed favorably by 74 percent of voters, while just 25 percent view him unfavorably, according to Rasmussen. McCain is viewed favorably by 36 percent, while 59 percent view him unfavorably.

On the running mates, 62 percent of voters in Hawaii have a favorable view of Democratic Sen. Joe Biden, while 37 percent say they have a favorable view of Palin, according to the report.

Chuck Freedman, executive director of the Democratic Party of Hawaii and one of the key organizers behind Obama’s Hawaii campaign, said the lead wasn’t too surprising given that the grassroots organizing for the Illinois senator has been in place for almost two years.

“He’s got a lot of strength out here and an increasing amount of strength in the country,” Freedman said. “We just work real hard to make sure we get a vote that’s this convincing and this compelling on Election Day.”

Rep. Kymberly Pine, co-chairwoman of McCain’s campaign in Hawaii, said she was actually encouraged by the poll numbers.

“I thought (Obama) had 90 percent support in Hawaii because of all the free media he has gotten, and all the money he’s collected from Hawaii,” said Pine (R, Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point). “We’re very inspired, actually, by that number because it’s a lot higher for McCain than we had imagined.

“We know this is a blue state, but the people that are on the John McCain team believe in and love this man. So in the spirit of never surrender, never quit and always fight for what you believe in, our team is always excited every day.”

The telephone survey of 500 likely voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on Sept. 20. The margin of sampling error is plus/minus 4.5 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

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4 Responses to “Hawaii for Obama, poll says”

  1. LoneHaranger:

    The only thing that most people in Hawaii know about Obama is he grew up here and went to school here. What they don’t know is the rest of the story. Obama’s Uncle Frank was a card carrying communist and had significant influence over Obama. He lived in Chicago and declared himself a black man not the muticultural person that many of Hawaii consider themselves to be. Sadly Hawaii is a democratic state not because of a well informed populace but because of a made up culture that discourages dissent and free thinking. In a truly free thinking society, we would see autonomy in our legislative body, instead of the herd mentality. We would also see creative ideas that promote individualism instead of government as the cure. We would see an emphasis on responsibility and accountability instead of victimization and blame. Aside from Obamas socialism and radicalism, he may actually be a reflection of what Hawaii is all about, a racist, victimized and democratic state. Thank goodness there are people who are willing to stand up for what is right and what is good.

  2. sandy huihui hefferon:

    It must be frightening for some right wingers who are so out of touch with reality to see a man who is intelligent,e,g, Obama. So what if his uncle Frank was a communist……everyone is exposed to both internal and external influences, and make their own CHOICES.

    What is McCain offering the people of America? How about commenting on this man and his team?

  3. Leilani99:

    So what if his uncle was a Communist and his cousin is a Muslim and so what if the people he attends church with put down whites.

  4. Kolea:

    Lone Harranger says Obama is a radical and a racist, but then goes on to say most people in Hawaii are also radicals and racists so Obama is probably a good fit with Hawaii voters.

    Or, we can agree with LH that Obama shares the outlook of most of Hawaii’s people and agree that LH’s views are very different than ours. I suspect it is he who is an extremist, not us, which is why he is reduced to being alone and harranging us from the distance.

    I am haole, grew up in Hawaii and am grateful for having lived in such a cosmopolitan, multi-cultural society. It HAS created a local mindset which is, I agree, different from that of most people on the continental America, especially the “caucasians” over there. And I believe Obama’s experience from growing up here has helped forge a consciousness which is more multi-cultural and international in its outlook than that of most Americans, including most African-Americans.

    Take a kid with a white mother from Kansas, a black father from Kenya, a childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia, an education at Punahou and Harvard, a few years doing community organizing in South Chicago and you have the potential for a remarkable human being.

    I think Hawaii should be proud that Obama is carrying our local culture in the core of his being. I think local people recognize him as one of us, not in a stupid, chauvinistic way, but out of a sense that Hawaii’s culture has much to offer this divided and conflicted world.

    Lone Harranger,

    Come in out of the cold. Relax your prejudices long enough to enjoy what Hawaii’s people have to offer. Your spirit needn’t be so bitter, your thoughts needn’t be so clenched. There is a spirit in these islands which, if you let it in, can warm your heart.


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