Brown Poll Shows Raimondo and Taveras Locked In A Virtual Tie

Apr 10, 2014

The race to pick Rhode Island's next governor is still up for grabs.

A new Brown University poll shows Democratic gubernatorial candidates Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo locked in a virtual dead heat, with Clay Pell lagging behind in the race. The poll (albeit from a tiny sample size of 86 somewhat or very likely GOP voters) shows a similar scenario with Republicans Ken Block and Allan Fung.

The survey shows that among voters considered "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to vote in the Democratic primary on September 9, 29.4 percent prefer Raimondo, 25.8 percent favor Taveras, 9.6 percent would vote for Pell, and a whopping 35.2 percent are undecided.

Brown says the sample of "very likely" or "somewhat likely" Democratic primary voters consisted of 395 respondents, with a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.

Senator Jack Reed regains his former lead as the best-approved public official in Rhode Island, with an approval rating of 55.3 percent, slightly better than Taveras' 54.4 percent approval rating. Raimondo comes in with a 49.3 percent approval rating. Congressman David Cicilline's approval stands at 26 percent, Congressman Jim Langevin's at 40.1 percent. Brown says Governor Lincoln Chafee has the lowest approval rating of any local official 21.2 percent.  

Brown says the race among GOP gubernatorial candidates was based on 9.7 percent of 600 respondents who self-identified as Republicans. Brown says that among the slightly more than 13 percent of respondents who said they were "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to vote in the Republican primary, or 86, 36 percent support Block, 31.4 percent favor Fung, and 38.5 percent are undecided. The margin of error for that portion of the poll is 10.6 percent.

The poll shows 47.6 percent of respondents favor legalizing the possession for personal use of small amounts of marijuana, while 39.3 percent oppose that and 9.3 percent are undecided.

A whopping 92 percent of those surveyed in the Brown poll say Rhode Island's economy is not so good or poor, although 59.6 percent say their personal finances are good or excellent.

This post has been updated.