|By Derrick DePledge, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Ige, chairman of the
No governor has lost re-election since
Forty-six percent of voters who said they were voting for Ige were doing so primarily because they do not like the governor, a sobering verdict for the incumbent.
Abercrombie's job approval was at 38 percent, compared to 43 percent in the last Hawaii Poll in February. His favorability was at 38 percent, down from 45 percent in February.
"The governor's had difficulty almost since he started four years ago -- or three and a half years ago -- with his job approval ratings never making it past 50 percent," said
The Hawaii Poll suggests the primary is more a reflection of Abercrombie's unpopularity than Ige's impact.
"I think at this point what we've seen is someone come from very low recognition --
Former Lt. Gov.
"I think we need change," said
"They wanted a fair shake, and he never gave them a fair shake," Reis said. "That's not how a politician is supposed to act. You're supposed to help the people. I want a politician that's going to talk straight and then help the people."
Many Abercrombie loyalists are frustrated that voters appear to be judging the governor based on their disappointment with his personality and leadership style rather than his performance. For example, while Abercrombie imposed a contract on teachers in 2011 that included pay cuts -- the same as other public-sector workers -- a new contract negotiated in 2013 -- the year of the sit-in at
Forty percent of voters who said they favor Abercrombie cited his leadership experience.