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Chafee’s approval dips to 27 percent in new Brown poll

December 15, 2011

Brown University is out with a new poll, and it has bad news for Governor Chafee:

Chafee’s approval rating has dipped, with only 27.4 percent of voters rating his work excellent or good. In March 2011, 32.3 percent of voters felt he was doing an excellent or good job. Democrats are the most satisfied with Chafee’s recent performance (38.8 percent), with Republicans (15.3 percent) and Independents (21.7 percent) much less so.

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s approval rating has risen significantly, from 39.5 percent good or excellent in March 2011 to 52.0 percent in December 2011. Raimondo, a Democrat, has good or excellent ratings from a majority of Republicans (61 percent) and Independents (59.6 percent), but significantly lower marks from Democrats (37.5 percent). However, among Democrats, a high percentage (31.5 percent) didn’t know enough to judge her performance. Overall, a much larger percentage of voters had an opinion about Raimondo’s performance: In March 2011, 36.2 percent of voters didn’t know how to rate her performance, but in December 2011 that number had declined to 21.8 percent.

President Barack Obama’s approval rating is 44.2 percent, a similar number to March 2011, when it was 43.7 percent. Similarly, Rhode Islanders’ opinion on President Obama’s handling of the economy is virtually unchanged: 43.3 percent approved in March and 44 percent approve in December. A majority of Rhode Islanders still feels the state is on the “wrong track” (62.7 percent), a slight rise from the 60.2 percent who felt that way eight months ago.

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline’s statewide approval rating is 24.3 percent, with a 23.1 percent approval rating in his district. U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin has a 41.9 percent approval rating overall with a 41.2 percent approval rating in his district. U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has an approval rating of 33.6 percent and U.S. Sen. Jack Reed’s approval rating is 46.4 percent.

On the local level, Providence Mayor Angel Tavares’ 51.7 percent approval rating is higher than Rhode Island voters reported for most state or national public officials. Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts has an approval rating of 32.8 percent. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has an approval rating of 34.5 percent. Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis has a 25.6 percent approval rating, while 25.9 approve of Speaker of the House Gordon Fox and 24.1 approve of Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeffrey Deckman permalink
    December 15, 2011 3:53 pm

    It doesn’t matter much what their approval ratings are all of them except Chafee and Cicilline will be re-elected anyway.

    And it is great news that Gina’s numbers are so high. But somewhat ironic that her own party can’t seem to get behind her.

  2. Jan permalink
    December 16, 2011 7:57 pm

    The reason her own party can’t get behind her is that she is a Democrat in name only. Sadly, the legislators may think that the taxpayers who opposed that extreme level of pension reform will forget if they disassociate themselves from her but that is not likely. The Democrats in this state are disgusted by the antics of the legislators in their alignment with EngageRI. They have been promised political and financial support from the big corporations who only seek to fatten their wallets and who don’t give one hoot about the people in this state. In a time when people are standing up to corporate greed and seeing past their spin, our state leaders jump on the band wagon to further the cause of smaller government and more privatization. Who really gained dollar for dollar by that pension reform? Not the taxpayers! Take a look at the financial institutions that are part of their advocacy group and then watch to see who gets awarded the contract. The average citizen is disgusted by this and the legislators are out of touch. We want a democracy! The voice of the people should not be drowned out by the money of the corporations and the pursuit of individual political gain. It is really a very sad time in this state. I don’t trust any of them, and if the only voice I have is my vote, then so be it.


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