The Civil Beat Poll

Civil Beat Poll: Hawaii Voters Say Congress Most Influenced By Wealthy

·By John Temple

Donors have more influence on elections and decisions than the voters politicians represent.


What do you think about the influence of big money on campaigns and the decisions of members of Congress? Share your thoughts below.

ABOUT THE POLL: Civil Beat surveyed 1,269 registered voters on Dec. 4 and 5 using interactive voice response technology (touch-tone polling). The sampling margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points. The margin of error indicates that in 95 percent of samples of this size, the results will be within +/- 3 percent of the actual percentage in the full population of voters. The poll was conducted by Civil Beat using software licensed from Merriman River Group, a full-service consulting organization specializing in election management, opinion research and communication.

  1. An earlier version of this story had the figure for in-state and out-of-state individual contributions to Sen. Daniel Akaka transposed. The correct number for out-of-state individual contributions is 31 percent.