Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tulsi Gabbard's Approval Rating Crashing in Her Home State of Hawaii

Representative Tulsi Gabbard who has taken some heroic libertarian-like positions against US interventions abroad is seeing her home state approval rating fall dramatically.

Gabbard’s star has been rising on the mainland, where she is popping up on lists of possible presidential contenders in 2020. But her popularity has fallen here at home, notes the Honolulu Civil Beat.

Two years ago, 64 percent of statewide respondents to a Honolulu Civil Beat poll approved of Gabbard’s performance. A similar poll conducted last month found that her job approval rating had dropped to about 50 percent.

And in a finding that sets her far apart from the other members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation, Gabbard had almost the same statewide approval rating from Republicans (48 percent) as from Democrats (49 percent).

Gabbard’s approval rating was higher (58 percent) in her 2nd Congressional District, which includes rural Oahu and all of the neighbor islands. But even there it declined from a 67 percent approval rating in the 2015 poll.

Still, the decline only brings her in line with other Hawaiian Congressional leaders.

 About 55 percent of respondents gave Sen. Brian Schatz a positive rating, compared with 53 percent for Sen. Mazie Hirono and 48 percent for Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, whose 1st Congressional District includes urban Honolulu.


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