Vast majority in RI prefer ‘Christmas tree,’ poll showed last yearNovember 30th, 2012 at 1:36 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
With the governor going on national TV to make his second annual push to call the State House spruce a “holiday tree,” it’s worth taking another look at a Brown University survey question on the issue that was published last year.
The poll found an overwhelming 77% of Rhode Island voters said they would prefer the governor call it a “Christmas tree,” while just 11% preferred Chafee’s “holiday tree” formulation, 4% wanted something else and 8% didn’t know.
Treasurer Gina Raimondo, who is expected to challenge Chafee in 2014 if he runs for re-election, is more in line with the general public. “It’s a Christmas tree,” she told The Valley Breeze’s Ethan Shorey on Friday, adding: “That’s on the record.” Providence Mayor Angel Taveras also went with Christmas tree.
The telephone survey of 464 registered voters in Rhode Island was conducted Dec. 2-9, 2011, by Brown’s A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions and John Hazen White Public Opinion Laboratory. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
• Related: Analysis: On ‘Christmas’ trees and the public square in RI (Dec. 2, 2011)