Raimondo Approval At 39 Percent In Latest Morning Consult Survey

Apr 12, 2018

Raimondo during her State of the State speech in January.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo's approval rating stands at 39 percent in the latest survey by Morning Consult, a Washington-based media and technology company.

Morning Consult, whose findings are based on surveys with registered voters between January 1 and the end of March, found that 50 percent of respondents disapproved of Raimondo and 11 percent didn't have an opinion. The survey has a three percentage point margin of error.

Raimondo won election as governor in 2014 with 40.7 percent of the vote, defeating GOP Cranston Mayor Allan Fung (who is seeking a rematch this year) and Moderate Party candidate Robert "Cool Moose" Healey, who attracted more than 20 percent of the vote. A WPRI-TV/Roger Williams University poll released last month showed Raimondo with 38.2 percent of the support in a hypothetical matchup with Fung and three other candidates.

The WPRI poll, with an overall margin of error of 4.8 percentage points, indicated Raimondo's favorability was 50 percent, but that her job approval was 36.7 percent.

Previous Morning Consult surveys put Raimondo's approval at 41 percent in May 2016, 38 percent in September 2016, 48 percent in April 2017, 43 percent in July 2017, and 40 percent in February.

A large field of gubernatorial candidates in Rhode Island this year means the race will likely be won with less than 40 percent of the vote.

Fung is one of three Republicans currently seeking the GOP nomination, along with businessman Giovanni Feroce and RI House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan. Former RI House Minority Whip Joe Trillo is running as an independent, as is Matt Brown, who previously served as RI's Democratic secretary of state, and first-time candidate Luis-Daniel Munoz. The Moderate Party of Rhode Island plans to field a candidate. Former state Rep. Spencer Dickinson and environmental activist Paul Roselli are running as Democrats.

Raimondo's campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the Morning Consult poll.

A primary on September 12 will narrow the field of Democratic and Republican candidates, ahead of the November general election.

The filing deadline to declare a campaign is in late June.

This post has been updated.