Civil Beat Poll - Obama Gets Aloha in Hawaii

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WASHINGTON — The state that provided President Barack Obama his largest margin of victory in 2008 remains sunny about his economic leadership and is set to again back him in overwhelming numbers.

Obama, a Democrat born and schooled in Honolulu who still vacations on the Windward Coast, leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney 62 percent to 30 percent among likely Hawaii voters, according to The Civil Beat Poll. Three percent said they'll vote for another candidate and 6 percent said they were undecided. The survey was conducted between Sept. 26 and Sept. 28 and its sample size of 1,648 yielded a margin of error of 2.4 percent.1

Obama leads among both men and women, though slightly more so among women. He leads among all age groups, though slightly more so among voters in their 30s. He leads among all racial and ethnic groups, though more so among Japanese voters and less so among Chinese voters. Obama also holds wide leads among voters at all education levels and income brackets in Hawaii. His support was marginally stronger on the neighbor islands, collectively, than on Oahu.

The poll represents the first independent survey results released for the 2012 presidential race in the Aloha State in nearly a year. The last time the state's political temperature was taken, Romney was just one of many hypothetical opponents. He eventually won Hawaii's Republican caucus in March and wrapped up his the party's nomination shortly thereafter.

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