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Maui Now Survey: Community Divided on Coronavirus Concerns, Majority Very Concerned About Economy

On Monday, Sept. 21, Maui Now released a survey asking the public to share their opinions and attitudes toward current issues affecting Maui County from the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and its leadership.

Maui Now received over 1900 verified responses with 97% identifying as Maui County residents and 2% identifying as non-residents. The survey has a + or – 1% margin of error.

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The survey showed that public concern and worry towards a coronavirus infection are roughly evenly divided amongst survey participants with more respondents leaning towards “not very” or “not at all.”

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On the contrary, the majority of the public is concerned about Maui County’s economy. 66% of participants saying that they are very concerned and 26% of participants saying that they are somewhat concerned about the economy.

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The majority of public opinion shows disapproval of Maui County Mayor Victorino’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic – with 80% of survey participants saying they disapprove and 19% saying they approve of his handling of the pandemic.

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On the state level, public opinion shows a slightly higher percentage of disapproval regarding Governor Ige’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic with 84% of survey participants saying they disapprove and 19% saying they approve of his handling of the pandemic.

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In regards to the state’s actions with vaccine mandates, 74% of the public thinks that it is not a step in the right direction while 25% agrees that the mandates are a step in the right direction.

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To help ensure accuracy, all participants were required to verify their information by logging in through one of the following services: HubHawaii.com, Facebook, Amazon or Google. E-mail addresses were also compared for duplicates to ensure each surveyee receives only one vote.

Original source: https://mauinow.com/2021/09/27/maui-now-survey-community-divided-on-coronavirus-concerns-majority-very-concerned-about-economy/

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