New Poll Shows Raimondo And Taveras Neck And Neck

Jun 5, 2014

A new poll shows that Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo remain locked in tight battle in the Democratic primary for governor.  The WPRI/Providence Journal poll surveyed 506 Democratic primary voters.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras leads the poll with 33 percent support.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The poll shows Taveras with 33 percent of the support in the Democratic primary, Raimondo right behind with 29 percent, and fellow Democrat Clay Pell with 12 percent of the backing. Pell’s numbers have dropped slightly since the last poll, while Taveras and Raimondo are in a statistical dead heat, since the difference between them is less than the poll’s margin of error of almost four and  a half percentage points.

Channel 12 pollster Joseph Fleming said many Democratic primary voters could be open to supporting a candidate other than their initial choice.

“41 percent of the voters, much to my surprise, said there’s a good chance they could change in who they’re supporting between now and September. Gina has the strongest support, with 45 percent saying they’re definitely supporting her, only about a third of Angel’s supporters say they’re definitely supporting him,” said Fleming.

Fleming said more than one in five voters remain undecided about who they’ll vote for in the September 9th Democratic primary.