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Hanabusa, Djou tied in new poll

By B.J. Reyes

LAST UPDATED: 9:35 p.m. HST, Oct 21, 2010

U.S. Rep. Charles Djou appears to have a slight edge over Democratic challenger state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa for his congressional seat, according to a public poll being released today in Washington, D.C.

The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll released today shows Djou with 45 percent of the vote, compared with 41 percent for Hanabusa and 12 percent undecided. The lead is within the 4.9 percent margin of error, making the race a statistical tie.

The telephone poll of 406 likely voters in the 1st Congressional District was conducted Oct. 2-7 by the firm Penn Schoen Berland.

As expected, both candidates polled highest among voters of their party, but Djou pulled in 48 percent of voters who identified themselves as independent, compared to 35 percent for Hanabusa.

Among younger voters, between the ages of 17 and 34, Hanabusa was favored by 60 percent, compared with 23 percent for Djou, while Djou was favored more among those ages 35 to 55, with 53 percent to Hanabusa's 36 percent. Both received 43 percent among those older than 55.

Djou also had an overall favorability rating of 61 percent versus an unfavorable rating of 33 percent, according to the poll. Hanabusa's favorability rating was 56 percent, compared with an unfavorable rating of 36 percent.

The Hill, a Washington-based newspaper that covers Congress, is polling, along with Penn Schoen Berland, in 42 toss-up races that will determine who will likely control the next Congress. The polls are sponsored by the American Natural Gas Alliance.

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