A new public opinion survey by Brown University finds that among Rhode Island voters who are likely to vote in the Democratic primary for governor, 42 percent would choose State Treasurer Gina Raimondo and 33 percent would choose Providence Mayor Angel Taveras. The poll finds that nearly a quarter of likely Democratic primary voters remained undecided.
Among Rhode Island voters likely to vote in the Democratic primary for governor, Raimondo leads regardless of party affiliation or gender.
Raimondo's strongest support is among Independents, with 45.7 percent choosing Raimondo compared with 31.2 percent for Taveras.
Raimondo has a thin margin, 40.5 percent to Taveras's 38.7 percent, among Democrats. Raimondo has strong support among men, 44.8 percent, compared with Taveras's 31.8 percent.
Women also support Raimondo (39.6 percent) over Taveras (35.1 percent). Almost a quarter of likely primary voters (24.4 percent) are undecided.
According to the new statewide poll 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.
Researchers at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions and the John Hazen White Public Opinion Laboratory at Brown University surveyed a random sample of 638 Rhode Island voters Oct. 2-5, 2013.
The poll has an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent. The sample of likely Democratic primary voters was 433 with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent