Public Opinion Polls

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

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

Providence City Survey, September 2009

An overwhelming majority of respondents to a new citywide survey believes the Providence economy is not faring well, and more than half say their families are worse off financially than they were one year ago. Most people polled are generally satisfied with city services. The survey, conducted Sept. 16-19, 2009, is based on a sample of 480 registered voters in Providence, R.I.

Marion Orr

Rhode Island State Survey, May 2009

Most Rhode Islanders would support a law legalizing same-sex marriage according to a new Brown University survey of registered Rhode Island voters. The poll was conducted May 18-20, 2009.

Marion Orr

Rhode Island State Survey, February 2009

The $787-billion economic stimulus bill, set to be signed into law today by President Barack Obama, is favored by most Rhode Island voters, but most are concerned with the speed of its impact on the economy, according to a new Brown University survey of registered Rhode Island voters. The poll was conducted Feb. 7-10, 2009.

Marion Orr

Rhode Island State Survey, September 2008

A new Brown University survey of registered Rhode Island voters shows Sen. Barack Obama leading Sen. John McCain by 13 percentage points in the U.S. presidential race — down 7 points from last month. The poll was conducted Sept. 15-16, 2008.

Marion Orr
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