A new poll shows that Rhode Islanders expect stronger political leadership over the next few years, although many still feel the state is going in the wrong direction. The poll was commissioned by the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant University.

43 percent of respondents say the state is going in the wrong direction. Yet 54 percent expect elected officials to provide strong leadership moving forward.

For Rhode Island’s top problem, 30 percent of respondents cite job opportunities, 19 percent point to taxes, and 14 percent identify corruption.

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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.

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A new poll commissioned by Angel Taveras’ campaign organization shows Taveras with a significant lead over his expected Democratic primary rival for governor, Gina Raimondo.  The poll sampled 400 likely Democratic primary voters.

The poll by a Washington DC polling firm shows Taveras with a 19-point lead over Raimondo. According to the poll, 49 percent of the respondents want Taveras to be governor, while 30 percent prefer Raimondo. An additional 21 percent of respondents were undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points.

Chafee: I Focus on Doing my Job

Mar 6, 2013
RI Governor Lincoln Chafee
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Governor Lincoln Chafee is shrugging off his lower approval ratings.
A survey by the Taubman Center at Brown University shows 25 percent of Rhode Islanders approve of the way Chafee is governing. That’s down from 28 percent in October.

Chafee says he isn’t worried. "I just do my job and that’s what I’ve done in my whole career  as a councilman, as a mayor, as a senator, in private practice. I’ve won elections. I’ve lost elections but all I care about is doing my job."
Chafee faces re-election in November, 2014.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Feb 1, 2013

A new poll shows less than half the state approves of the job being done by Governor Lincoln Chafee.  A Cranston Florist is being sued for discrimination. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

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