Who Paid for Poll Showing Support for Development?

Michael Levine/Civil Beat

UPDATED 2/11 12 a.m.

Like many of you, I woke up Wednesday morning to the news that a new poll shows Oahu residents overwhelmingly support the Envision Laie project in Koolau Loa.

Among other findings, the poll said that two-thirds of residents believe "a moderate amount of growth in the Koolau Loa district is necessary for the communities in the region to be vibrant and sustainable."

Reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's story, I was left with one glaring question: Who paid for the poll?

In the fourth paragraph, the story says the survey was "conducted by Honolulu-based Ward Research Inc. and the Washington, D.C., market research firm Heart + Mind Strategies." The next paragraph says Hawaii Reserves — the company that manages property for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — plans to use the survey results to convince government officials the project should move forward.

What's left unsaid is that Hawaii Reserves paid for the poll and wrote the questions.

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