Brown Poll Shows Raimondo Leading Potential Governor's Race Among

Oct 10, 2013

A new Brown University poll shows state Treasurer Gina Raimondo leading Providence Mayor Angel Taveras among likely Democratic primary voters.  Raimondo and Taveras are expected to square off in a gubernatorial primary next September.

Brown pollsters talked with 433 likely Democratic primary voters. In a two-way matchup, 42 percent of respondents say they’d vote for Raimondo, just under 34 percent prefer Taveras, and 24 percent were undecided. That poll has a margin of error of four and a half percentage points.

Brown’s findings come after a poll commissioned by Taveras last month showed him with an 18 point lead over Raimondo. Neither Raimondo or Taveras has yet to announce a campaign for governor, but they’re actively raising money.

The Brown poll has some good news for Taveras: his job approval rating of just less than 64 percent is the best among Rhode Island politicians. Raimondo has an approval rating of 54 percent.

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