The Civil Beat Poll: Hawaii Sweet On Obama, Sour on Congress

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Hawaii voters may feel blue about the direction of the country. But that hasn't affected their love affair with President Barack Obama.

A Civil Beat Poll found that 63 percent of likely voters in Hawaii approve of Obama's job performance as president, while just 33 percent disapprove.

The poll, conducted on Oct. 20 and 23 using automated telephone technology, surveyed 1,152 likely voters. The sampling margin of error is +/- 3 percent.

Hawaii voters give the president, a native son, a much higher grade than he gets in national polls. The latest CBS/New York Times Poll completed on Oct. 24 found that 46 percent of Americans approved of his performance in office, with 46 percent disapproving.

The finding that the president's popularity continues to hold could impact 2012 elections in the state, especially what's expected to be a hot U.S. Senate race between former Gov. Linda Lingle and either Congresswoman Mazie Hirono or former Congressman Ed Case. The question will be whether the president has coattails for the Democratic candidate in the Senate contest and also in the 1st Congressional District rematch between incumbent Colleen Hanabusa and the Republican she unseated after he held the office for just a few months, Charles Djou.

In Hawaii, 35 percent of voters told Civil Beat they strongly approve of the president's performance. We've already seen Lingle take steps to show she and the president have common ground.

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