BUMP – TMT Poll, Qmark Questions and the Superferry (A Darker View?)

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I find it curious that the same polling company, Qmark is repetitively receiving what I can only guess as lucrative contracts for certain companies and their polls that always seem to favor them.

The recent poll about the Thirty Meter Telescope project in todays Tribune names the polling company that the TMT project used to Poll people and come out with the percentages they did today…although the Poll was conducted back in March through April.  (I myself didn’t even know about the proposed TMT Project in April of last year.)

The tribune reports:

…The independent polling firm was hired by Ku’iwalu, a consultant that is preparing the Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan….

So then we look at the addresses of Ku’iwalu and Qmark and I find it funny that they are both in the same building.

Qmark Research

1003 Bishop Street
Pauahi Tower, 9th Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813-6429
Phone: (808) 524-5194

Pauahi Tower, 27th Floor
1003 Bishop Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 539-3580 • Fax (808) 539-3581

Then… I look a little further into some of the clientele of this company…. I see that the Superferry also used this company to conduct polls for them.

….Hawaii Superferry recently commissioned QMark Research to conduct a quantitative study in the form of in-person passenger intercept surveys onboard the Alakai from June 20, 2008 through July 29, 2008…

From the Kuiwalu website:

Ku‘iwalu is a consulting company that specializes in building community support for economic development projects in Hawaii.

I know there is a link somewhere that I’m missing and I’m sure someone reading my blog can pick up on this.

Coincidentally, the poll that I’m still running has it 83% in favor 11% against and 6% undecided.


I noticed that Andrew Cooper has followed up on this poll that was recently conducted.  I wish I was better at investigating things.

One Response

  1. Hi,

    Just wanted to point out some misinformation in your blog….The survey was not conducted for the TMT, but rather all future telescope development to take place on the mountain. The CMP also addresses removing older obsolete telescopes and issues like access, cultural practices, and protection of the natural environment on the mountain. the reason I know all this is because I attended the community meeting at Hilo High in May.

    Damon – Thanks for correcting me, and glad you are being active in the community

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