Public Opinion Polls

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

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

Rhode Islanders divided on immigrants and immigration policy, March 2011

March 7, 2011

The first wave of a multistate survey on immigration issues found that Rhode Islanders are split on Arizona-style immigration laws but have a consensus when it comes to educating immigrant children. The survey was conducted in conjunction with the Taubman Center’s “Immigrants and Immigration in the 21st Century” symposium, scheduled for Saturday, March 12, at Brown University. 

Marion Orr and Alexandra Filindra

Poll finds mixed support for Chafee’s new tax proposal, March 2011

March 24, 2011  

A new survey of Rhode Island voters gauges public opinion on Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s new tax proposals, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras’s plan to close some public schools, collective bargaining rights, and job performances of federal, state, and local officials. 

Marion Orr

Rhode Island State Survey, September 2010

Democratic State Treasurer Frank Caprio appears to be leading Independent candidate Lincoln Chafee in the race for Rhode Island governor, with about one third of registered voters still undecided. Providence Mayor David Cicilline and U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin have substantial leads in their 1st and 2nd Congressional District campaigns.

Marion Orr

Rhode Island State Survey, July 2010

Independent candidate Lincoln Chafee and Democratic State Treasurer Frank Caprio are neck-and-neck in Rhode Island’s race for governor, with about one third of registered voters still undecided. Providence Mayor David Cicilline and U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin have substantial leads in their 1st and 2nd Congressional District Democratic primary campaigns.

Rhode Island State Survey, February 2010

Rhode Island voters have minimal confidence that elected state leaders will make decisions to put the state on the right track, according to a recent public opinion survey done at Brown University. The state’s economy is “not so good” or “poor” by 94 percent of respondents; 93 percent described the national economy in the same terms. The survey of 605 registered Rhode Island voters was conducted Feb. 9–12, 2010.

Marion Orr

Rhode Island State Survey, December 2009

A new Brown University poll finds moderate support among Rhode Island voters on the issues of health care reform and the war in Afghanistan. A large majority of respondents describes the nation and state's economy as poor. The survey, conducted Dec. 4-6, 2009, is based on a sample of 442 registered voters in Rhode Island.

Marion Orr
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