New Poll Finds Public Support For Strong Political Leadership In RI

May 8, 2015

A new poll shows that Rhode Islanders expect stronger political leadership over the next few years, although many still feel the state is going in the wrong direction. The poll was commissioned by the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant University.

The new poll comes from Bryant University's Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership.

43 percent of respondents say the state is going in the wrong direction. Yet 54 percent expect elected officials to provide strong leadership moving forward.

For Rhode Island’s top problem, 30 percent of respondents cite job opportunities, 19 percent point to taxes, and 14 percent identify corruption.

Nearly 70 percent of Rhode Islands support full-day kindergarten and cutting state Medicaid spending by 10 percent.

Among Governor Gina Raimondo’s budget proposals, targeted tax credits for businesses have the most support, at 59 percent. Meanwhile, 46 percent of respondents oppose taxing health insurance plans to help pay for the state’s version of Obamacare. The poll did not include questions about the PawSox’ proposed move to Providence.

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