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A new Hawaii Jones Act poll released
By Michael Hansen @ 4:43 AM :: 2841 Views :: Jones Act

A new Hawaii Jones Act poll released

by Michael Hansen, Hawaii Shippers Council

The Hawaii Business Magazine published on May 4, 2020, the news article, “BOSS Survey: Taking Hawai‘i’s Pulse on Important Non-Covid-19 Issues,” reporting on a new poll they conducted in April, 2020 covering three issues including the Jones Act.

It was reported by Steve Petranik the long-time editor of the magazine.

Hawaii Business has been covering the Jones Act for a several years including hosting a major panel discussion at the Plaza Club in downtown Honolulu on August 27, 2012.

Key quote from Hawaii Business:

Our separate surveys of business leaders and the general public reveal opinions on . . . the Jones Act . . . conducted in April: the BOSS Survey of 404 business executives and the 808 Poll of 482 members of the general public.

Jones Act

We explored opinions on the federal Jones Act, which has been a subject of political and economic debate in Hawai‘i for decades.

Each respondent was presented with the following statement:

The Jones Act restricts shipping between the U.S. and Hawai‘i to U.S.-owned and -operated companies using American-built ships and American crews.

Research respondents were then asked if they were familiar with this law.

Business Executives

  • No: 50%
  • Yes: 49%

General Public

  • No: 62%
  • Yes: 38%

Some percentages do not add to 100 due to rounding

Among the general public:

More men (46%) than women (29%) said they had heard of the Jones Act before taking part in the survey.

Awareness of the Jones Act was higher among more educated and more affluent groups. For example, among those with a college degree, 46% had heard of the Jones Act beforehand, but only 28% of those without a college degree.

Next, those respondents in both surveys who were familiar with the Jones Act were asked for their opinions on its future. Should it be:

Business Executives

  • Scrapped: 33%
  • Modified: 49%
  • Remain the Same: 12%
  • DK/DA: 7%

General Public

  • Scrapped: 33%
  • Modified: 52%
  • Remain the Same: 15%
  • DK/DA: 0%

*DK/DA: Didn’t know or didn’t answer

The results indicate that the vast majority of Hawai‘i residents who knew about the Jones Act in advance would like it changed or ended.




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