Brown Poll: Providence Voters Bullish on Taveras, Less So on the Economy

Nov 21, 2013

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras continues to enjoy strong support from Providence voters, but most of them also consider city's economy to be rough shape, according to a new Brown University poll.

The poll shows that 59 percent of respondents think Taveras is doing a good or excellent job, down from 60 percent last year. About 40 percent don't think Taveras is doing a good job.

The number of respondents who think Providence is on the right track increased to just under 49 percent, up from 38 percent last year. Yet 43.5 percent expect widespread unemployment to continue in the city over the next five years, compared with 29 percent who anticipate "continuous good times."

Brown says the findings are based on interviews conducted last week with 465 Providence voters, with a 4.5 percentage point margin of error.

A WPRI-TV/Providence Journal poll released earlier this week showed Taveras with the best approval rating in Rhode Island, followed by Gina Raimondo and Allan Fung.