On May 23, 2006 the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii released the results of a survey it commissioned. The survey by telephone contacted every household in Hawai'i. Respondents expressed their opinions about the Akaka bill; particularly whether they approve the Akaka bill and whether they would like to see a vote by Hawai'i's people before Congress considers the bill. Respondents were also asked whether they support President Bush, whether they support racial preferences, whether they would vote in favor of Statehood for Hawai'i if that issue were on the ballot today, whether they plan to vote for Dan Akaka or Ed Case for Senate, whether they would be more likely to vote for Ed Case if he would oppose the Akaka bill, and similar items. Nine statistical spreadsheets allows readers to see what percentage of those who support President Bush also oppose the Akaka bill and also want to have a vote by Hawai'i's people before Congress considers the bill, what percentage of those who support the Akaka bill would also vote yes on whether Hawai'i should be a State (and compare that against what percentage of those who oppose the Akaka bill would also vote yes on whether Hawai'i should be a State); etc.
Here is the order of items on this webpage:
(1) A short press release summarizing the most important results.
(2) The list of questions, and the path through the remaining questions depending how respondents answered earlier questions.
(3) A spreadsheet showing raw numbers and percentages for each question
(4) Nine Spreadsheets showing how Bush supporters feel about the Akaka bill and about the need for a vote by Hawai'i's people, etc.; how Lingle supporters feel about those things; whether people would be more likely to vote for Case if he would oppose the Akaka bill; what percentage of supporters of the Akaka bill would favor Statehood for Hawai'i and what percentage of opponents of the Akaka bill would favor Statehood for Hawai'i; etc.
(1) A short press release summarizing the most important results.
Hawaii Reporter, May 23, 2006
Hawaii Residents Overwhelmingly Support Hawaii Vote on the Akaka Bill
GRIH Survey Also Shows Congressman Ed Case 10 Points in the Lead Over His Opponent, Sen. Dan Akaka in 2006 Senate Race
By Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii (GRIH) commissioned its second statewide telephone survey to determine public support for the Akaka Bill. The results are in:
* 69.89 percent of Hawaii's residents want to vote on the Akaka Bill before it is considered at the national level.
* 68.3 percent of residents in the first Congressional District (Rep Neil Abercrombie) want that vote.
* 70.87 percent of Rep Ed Case's 2nd Congressional District want such a vote.
* 66.95 percent of the entire state continue to oppose the Akaka bill.
* 80.16 percent of Hawaii's residents do not support laws that provide preferences for people groups based on their race.
* 77.83 percent would vote for statehood if the vote was held today. (In 1959, 94 percent voted for statehood.)
* 39.10 percent of residents would be more likely to vote for Ed Case for the U.S. Senate if he opposed the Akaka bill.
Last year, the first GRIH survey revealed that 2/3 of Hawaii's residents opposed the bill. At that time GRIH called for a statewide plebiscite only to be ignored by those in the political arena, with few exceptions.
When presented with the results of the new survey, state Sen. Sam Slom said, "We need to have a debate and a plebiscite in Hawaii and not an edict from behind closed doors in Washington D.C."
Jack Schneider, Chairman of the Board, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii said, "If Congress passes the Akaka Bill without public support in Hawaii, the backlash will break more than a few political necks."
We again call for a plebiscite on the Akaka Bill. We LUV-HAWAII. Let Us Vote!
For the full poll results and list of questions asked in the survey, log onto
(2) The list of questions, and the path through the remaining questions depending how respondents answered earlier questions. Taken from
1 Favorable Bush? - (YES, NO)
THIS IS PUBLIC RESEARCH WITH A 45-SECOND SURVEY. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORABLE OPINION OF PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH?
2 Favorable Lingle? - (YES, NO)
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORABLE OPINION OF GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE?
3 Registered? - (YES, NO)
ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE IN HAWAII?
4 Support Racial Preferences? - (YES, NO)
DO YOU SUPPORT LAWS THAT PROVIDE PREFERENCES FOR PEOPLE GROUPS BASED ON THEIR RACE?
5 Support Akaka Bill? - (YES, NO)
THE AKAKA BILL, NOW PENDING IN CONGRESS, WOULD ALLOW NATIVE HAWAIIANS TO CREATE THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT NOT SUBJECT TO ALL THE SAME LAWS, REGULATIONS AND TAXES THAT APPLY TO OTHER CITIZENS OF HAWAII. DO YOU WANT CONGRESS TO APPROVE THE AKAKA BILL? (PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY “NO” RESPONSES GO TO SEGMENT 6. ALL OTHER RESPONSES GO TO SEGMENT 7)
6 Volunteer or Contribute to Educate on Akaka Bill? - (YES, NO)
WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO VOLUNTEER OR CONTRIBUTE TO EFFORTS TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON THE PROBABLE PERSONAL IMPACT OF THE AKAKA BILL?
7 Vote for Hawaii to Join United States? - (YES, NO)
IN 1959, 94% OF HAWAII'S VOTING CITIZENS APPROVED HAWAII TO BECOME THE 50TH STATE. IF THAT ELECTION WERE HELD TODAY WOULD YOU VOTE FOR HAWAII TO JOIN THE UNITED STATES?
8 Support LUV - Vote on Akaka Bill? - (YES, NO)
DO YOU SUPPORT THE "LET US VOTE" IDEA THAT DEMANDS THAT HAWAII'S VOTERS HAVE A YES OR NO VOTE ON THE AKAKA BILL BEFORE IT BECOMES LAW?
9 Vote for Akaka? - (YES, NO)
ASSUME YOUR CHOICES FOR US SENATE IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION THIS YEAR ARE DANIEL AKAKA OR ED CASE, WOULD YOU VOTE FOR DANIEL AKAKA? (PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY “YES” RESPONSES GO TO SEGMENT
11. ALL OTHER RESPONSES GO TO SEGMENT 10)
10 Vote for Case? - (YES, NO)
WOULD YOU VOTE FOR ED CASE?
11 More Likely Case - Oppose Akaka Bill? - (YES, NO)
WOULD YOU BE MORE LIKELY TO VOTE FOR ED CASE IF HE CHOSE TO OPPOSE THE AKAKA BILL?
12 Native Hawaiian? - (YES, NO)
DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF TO BE A NATIVE HAWAIIAN?
13 Republican? - (YES, NO)
DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF TO BE A REPUBLICAN? (PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY “YES” RESPONSES GO TO SEGMENT 15. ALL OTHER RESPONSES GO TO SEGMENT 14)
14 Democrat? - (YES, NO)
DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF TO BE A DEMOCRAT?
15 50+ - (YES, NO)
ARE YOU 50 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER?
16 Male? - (YES, NO)
ARE YOU MALE?
17 Thank You. Goodbye. - (PLAY ONLY)
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND VIEWS. THIS SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED BY PUBLIC RESEARCH. GOODBYE. 703/857-2152.
(3) A spreadsheet showing raw numbers and percentages for each question.
|HI - Akaka Bill - May 2006 Survey|
|Segment||Total Plays||Yes||No||No Response||Responding Percent "Yes"||Responding Percent "No"|
|Support Racial Preferences?||33,107||4,823||19,489||8,795||19.84%||80.16%|
|Support Akaka Bill||23,425||6,750||13,676||2,999||33.05%||66.95%|
|Volunteer or Contribute to Educate on Akaka Bill?||13,668||1,090||9,799||2,779||10.01%||89.99%|
|Vote for Hawaii to Join United States?||21,761||15,517||4,419||1,825||77.83%||22.17%|
|Support LUV - Vote on Akaka Bill?||21,389||10,725||4,621||6,043||69.89%||30.11%|
|More Likely Case - Oppose Akaka Bill?||17,084||6,084||9,477||1,523||39.10%||60.90%|
|Vote for Akaka?||6,047||36.46%|
|Vote for Case?||7,776||46.88%|