Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan
Hawai‘i 2050 Public Opinion Polls:
Voices from the General Public
The Task Force commissioned two public opinion polls to gauge the attitudes of Hawai‘i residents towards sustainability. The poll was intended to obtain feedback from the general population about the themes that emerged from the community engagement meetings. The Hawai‘i 2050 poll consisted of an unbiased pool of Hawai‘i residents from all ages, ethnicities and walks of life. The Task Force wanted to solicit Hawai‘i residents’ attitudes and opinions as a “cross-check” to the views of stakeholders and community engagement participants.
Conducted by telephone, the public opinion polls surveyed a random sampling of residents with a carefully prepared questionnaire. The questionnaire dealt with such topics as the environment, housing, tourism, economic development, land use, culture and governance. A larger-than-normal sample size was selected to ensure greater accuracy, as well as sufficient sample size to evaluate the neighbor island counties. Respondents were asked what kind of future do residents of Hawai‘i want for themselves and their children, and were confronted with making choices and trade-offs on various thought-provoking issues.
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