Public Opinion Polls

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

State and National Public Survey, June 1996

June 15-18, 1996
N=423 Registered Voters
Margin of Error: +/-5 %

If the election for president were held today and the candidates were Republican Robert Dole and Democrat Bill Clinton, would you vote for: 22% Dole, 54% Clinton, 24% don't know or no answer

If the election for president were held today and the candidates were Republican Robert Dole, Democrat Bill Clinton, and Reform Party candidate Ross Perot, would you vote for: 18% Dole, 49% Clinton, 11% Perot, 22% don't know or no answer

Darrell M. West, Thomas J. Anton, and Jack Combs

State and National Public Survey, March 1996

March 10-14, 1996
N=311 Registered Voters
Margin of Error: +/- 6 %

If the election for U.S. Senate were held today and the candidates were Republican Nancy Mayer and Democrat Jack Reed, would you vote for: 30% Mayer, 46% Reed, 24% don't know or no answer

Would you say that over the past year, Rhode Island's economy has gotten better, stayed about the same, or gotten worse? 11% gotten better, 39% stayed about the same, 47% gotten worse, 3% don't know or no answer

Darrell M. West, Thomas J. Anton, and Jack Combs

Providence City Survey, September 1995

September 25-27, 1995
N=385 Catholics in Rhode Island
Margin of Error: +/- 5 %

Gender of respondent: male 41%, female 59%

How frequently do you attend Mass? three or more times a week 5%, weekly 36, two or more times a month 10, several times a year 18, holidays only 8, seldom or never 23, don't know 0, no answer 0

How often in the past year have you gone to confession? 0 times 61%, 1-4 times 29, 5-8 times 4, 8-12 times 1, more than 12 times 1, don't know 1, no answer 3

Darrell M. West, Thomas J. Anton, and Jack Combs

State and National Public Survey, September 1995

September 17-20, 1995
N=448 Registered Voters
Margin of Error: +/- 5 %

Would you say that over the past year, Rhode Island's economy has gotten better, stayed about the same, or gotten worse? 11% gotten better, 41% stayed about the same, 45% gotten worse, 3% don't know or no answer

What about the next 12 months or so? Do you expect the Rhode Island economy to get better, stay about the same, or get worse? 18% get better, 50% stay the same, 25% get worse, 7% don't know or no answer

Darrell M. West, Thomas J. Anton, and Jack Combs

State and National Public Survey, June 1995

June 18-21, 1995
N=426 Registered Voters
Margin of Error: +/- 5 %

Would you say that over the past year, Rhode Island's economy has gotten better, stayed about the same, or gotten worse? 9% gotten better, 43% stayed about the same, 45% gotten worse, 3% don't know or no answer

What about the next 12 months or so? Do you expect the Rhode Island economy to get better, stay about the same, or get worse? 16% get better, 46% stay the same, 32% get worse, 6% don't know or no answer

Darrell M. West, Thomas J. Anton, and Jack Combs

State and National Public Survey, February 1995

February 21-25, 1995
N=422 Registered Voters
Margin of Error: +/- 5 %

Would you say that over the past year, Rhode Island's economy has gotten better, stayed about the same, or gotten worse?

19% gotten better, 44% stayed about the same, 35% gotten worse, 2% don't know or no answer

What about the next 12 months or so? Do you expect the Rhode Island economy to get better, stay about the same, or get worse? 28% get better, 43% stay the same, 23% get worse, 6% don't know or no answer

Darrell M. West, Thomas J. Anton, and Jack Combs

State and National Public Survey, September 1994

September 20-24, 1994
General Election N=527 Likely Voters
Margin of Error: +/- 4 %

If the election for U.S. Senate were being held right now and the candidates were Republican John Chafee and Democrat Linda Kushner, would you vote for: 55% Chafee, 24% Kushner, 21% don't know or no answer

Darrell M. West, Thomas J. Anton, and Jack Combs

State and National Public Survey, July 1994

July 10-14, 1994
General Election N=602 Likely Voters
Margin of Error: +/- 4 %
Democratic Primary N = 341 Likely Voters
Margin of Error: +/- 5 %

If the election for U.S. Senate were being held right now and the candidates were Republican John Chafee, Democrat Linda Kushner, and Independent Gregory Raposa, would you vote for: 56% Chafee, 14% Kushner, 2% Raposa, 28% don't know or no answer

Darrell M. West, Thomas J. Anton, and Jack Combs

State and National Public Survey, April 1994

Survey of state, city or town, or school workers
April 9-18, 1994
N=304
Margin of error: +/- 6 %

Are you currently employed by: 36% the state of Rhode Island, 32% a city or town in Rhode Island, or 32% a school district in Rhode Island?

How long have you been employed by the state, city, or school district? 12% 1 year or less, 25% 2 to 5 years, 23% 6 to 10 years, 8% 11 to 15 years, 10% 16 to 20 years, 21% more than 20 years, 1% don't know or no answer

Darrell M. West, Thomas J. Anton, and Jack Combs

State and National Public Survey, February 1994

Februrary 6-9, 1994 Survey
N=489 Registered Voters
Margin of Error: +/- 5%

If the November elections were being held right now and the candidates for U.S. Senate were Democrat Linda Kushner and Republican John Chafee, would you vote for: 23% Kushner, 49% Chafee, 28% don't know or no answer

Darrell M. West, Thomas J. Anton, and Jack Combs
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