Honolulu's leading rail opponents argue that the public has been hoodwinked into believing that traffic congestion will be better than it is today if the project is built.
They say that if the public knew that the $5.2 billion Honolulu rail project would not improve traffic congestion from current levels, they might have second thoughts about whether the project would be worth the cost. The city itself acknowledges that traffic in the future will be worse than it is today, even with rail.
Well, voters are clearly having second thoughts, as Civil Beat's poll made clear Monday. Fifty-five percent of likely voters now oppose the project.
The automated telephone survey of 1,172 likely voters on Oahu was conducted on Feb. 26 and 27. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percent.