Gov. Chafee's approval slides in new Brown poll

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is shrugging off a poll that shows his approval rating has slumped. The Taubman Center at Brown University poll shows 27 percent of Rhode Islanders think Chafee is doing a good or excellent job. That's down from 32 percent in March.

"Well this is a tough job and these are tough times and anytime you're out there on the frontlines you're making controversial decisions," said Chafee. "I'm confident we're getting things going in the right direction. Look at the Department of Motor Vehicles and Central Falls. Those numbers will turn around."

The poll also shows state Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras with the highest job performance ratings among the state's elected officials with a 52 percent approval rating. That's better than the 46 percent approval rating for Senator Jack Reed, who traditionally enjoys the state's best approval rating.

When it came to the new pension law, 60 percent support it while 28 percent oppose it. Solid majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and independents each back the pension law.

Congressman David Cicilline is approved by 23 percent of the respondents in his district.

The poll also finds that 77 percent of Rhode Islanders prefer the term "Christmas tree," while 11 percent favor "holiday tree."

The survey is of 464 random voters with a margin of error of four and a half percentage points.

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