New WPRI/Projo Poll: 46% of primary voters back pension law

February 11th, 2014 at 5:00 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi and Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Fewer than half of Democratic primary voters in Rhode Island support the 2011 pension overhaul championed by one of the party’s leading candidates for governor, Treasurer Gina Raimondo, an exclusive WPRI 12/Providence Journal poll released Tuesday shows.

The new survey of 503 likely Democratic primary voters also shows 70% of them think it’s important that a candidate for governor has prior elective experience, a key question for Raimondo rival Clay Pell, while 55% think Providence’s financial problems have been only somewhat solved by Mayor Angel Taveras, another Democratic candidate for governor, since he took office in 2011.

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• Interactive: Dig into the full results and crosstabs for the new WPRI/Journal poll

Tomorrow at 5 a.m. – find out whether Raimondo, Taveras or Pell holds the lead among primary voters.

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3 Responses to “New WPRI/Projo Poll: 46% of primary voters back pension law”

  1. janri says:

    If anyone knows anything about surveys, the sample should be large enough to include enough of a population out of the total population. Correct me if I am wrong, but it appears only 503 people were surveyed. Clearly this doesn’t seems to be enough of a sampling to be able to conclude the voters’ stance on this issue and it was limited to Democratic voters…that is the people who will outrght state they are democrats. The republican and uncommitted voters who may very well be democrats are not represented in this study. So I do hope the candidates do not rely on this tainted survey because they could be in for a surprise. Will this comment be deleted because I have criticized this survey?

  2. art says:

    if the poll was for democrats only it was highly overrepresented for govt and education workers who are 95% democrat and who want no pension reform. RI has very little meaningful private sector employment (hospitals, colleges are technically not govt but almost zero corporate anymore)so govt and education jobs are golden. We shallsee

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