Bryant U. Poll Shows RI Bond Spending Issues Favored By Voters

Oct 19, 2016

Rhode Island voters support all five spending bond issues on the November general election ballot but do not think the state is headed in the right direction, according to results of a public opinion survey conducted by the Hassenfeld  Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant University.

The poll, done by Fleming and Associates, sampled 400 state voters by telephone between October 6th and 10th. It carries an error margin of about 5 percent and included 52 percent landlines and 48 percent mobile phones.

The survey shows all five bond spending issues voters will consider in the general election headed for approval. The proposal for construction and renovation at the state Veterans Home in Bristol captures the highest support – 84 percent. The lowest margin of support – still a healthy 57 percent – is for port improvements at the ports of Quouset/Davisville and at the Providence Port.

When asked if they thought their family was better off today than a year ago, 63 percent of those surveyed felt their financial condition was either worse (39 percent) or the same (24 percent). Thirty five percent of respondents said they were better off than a year ago.

Ocean State voters continue to believe that the state is headed in the wrong direction. Roughly 43 percent of respondents said the state is moving in the wrong direction, while about36 percent said right direction. Fourteen percent said the state is about the same and about 7 percent were not sure.

Voters remain sharply divided on whether the standardized test requirement for high school graduation should have been removed. Forty six percent of voters approved dropping that standard, while 41 percent opposed removal of the requirement.

The sample was composed of about 39 who identified as Democratic, 13 percent as Republican, 42 percent as independent (unaffiliated) and 7 percent who refused to say.

The poll did not ask voters to state candidate preferences .