Public Opinion Polls

The Taubman Center conducts quarterly public opinion surveys of Rhode Island voters on a wide variety of topics.

Statewide Poll: the Gubernatorial Primaries; Legalization of Marijuana

April 10, 2014

A new statewide public opinion survey conducted by the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University finds that State Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras are currently in a statistical tie for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. However, one-third of likely Democratic voters are undecided five months before the Democratic primary. The survey shows that Taveras has a lead among voters with union membership but finds no significant preference among women voters between the two top Democratic candidates.

Marion Orr, Jack Combs

City poll: Providence voters pessimistic on economy

November 21, 2013

A new poll conducted by the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University finds that while most Providence voters remain pessimistic about the local economy, the percentage of voters who think Providence is on the “right track” has risen 10 percentage points in the last year. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras continues to enjoy broad approval among Providence voters.

Marion Orr, Jack Combs

Early look at governor's race; economy bleak

October 9, 2013

A new statewide poll conducted by the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University finds that State Treasurer Gina Raimondo leads Providence Mayor Angel Taveras in a potential Democratic gubernatorial primary. Approval ratings declined slightly for all state and local elected officials compared to October 2012. Almost 90 percent of Rhode Island voters rate the state’s economy as not so good or poor.

Statewide Poll: Rhode Island Supports Same-Sex Marriage

February 28, 2013

A new statewide public opinion survey conducted by the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University finds strong support for same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. Voters continue to worry about the state’s economy and express little confidence that state government officials will make the right decisions for Rhode Island’s future.

Statewide Poll: Rhode Island Voters Likely to Approve Casino Gambling

October 10, 2012
A new Brown University poll of Rhode Island voters finds strong support for state-operated casino gaming at Twin River and Newport Grand. In the hotly contested Congressional District One race, Rep. David Cicilline retains a small lead. The survey, conducted Sept. 26 to Oct.
Jack Combs, Marion Orr

Providence Poll: Voters Worry Over City Finances, Pension Reform

September 26, 2012

Most Providence voters — nearly 86 percent — are concerned about the city’s budget issues but are divided on suggested ways to reform the current pension plan, according to a recent public opinion survey conducted by the Taubman Center at Brown University. The survey was undertaken in conjunction with the annual Thomas J. Anton/Frederick Lippitt Urban Affairs Conference, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Brown.

Marion Orr, Jack Combs

Voters Divided on Mayor But Satisfied with City Services, September 2011

Providence voters are nearly divided in their support for Mayor Angel Taveras, and a large majority — 86 percent — believe the city's economy is not recovering well from the economic recession, according to a recent public opinion survey conducted by the Taubman Center at Brown University.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Mirroring the experience of residents in many other central cities across the country, 86 percent of Providence voters characterized the city’s economy as not so good or poor,

Jack Combs, Marion Orr

Rhode Island Supports Obama's Contraception Policy, February 2012

A new statewide public opinion survey conducted by the Taubman Center at Brown University finds that the majority of voters in Rhode Island, one of the nation’s most Catholic states, supports the Obama administration’s new policy to offer contraception services to women who work for religiously affiliated organizations.

Strong Support for Pension Reform, December 2011

A recent statewide public opinion survey conducted by the Taubman Center at Brown University finds strong support for the recently enacted pension reform bill introduced by Gov. Lincoln Chafee and State Treasurer Gina Raimondo. While Raimondo’s approval rating has risen sharply, Chafee’s approval numbers have dipped.

Jack Combs, Marion Orr
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