Interesting Poll Results
Rasmussen reports that Lincoln Chafee (I) and Frank Caprio (D) are currently tied in the race for governor, with John Robitaille (R) pulling 21%. Switch Caprio out for Patrick Lynch, and Chafee goes up to 35%, while Robitaille gains to 26%. Clearly, right-leaning conservatives are still buying Caprio’s moderate image.
By way of a wildcard: Governor Carcieri’s approval rating jumped 10 percentage points, to 53%, from last month’s survey. The governor’s been kind of quiet, lately, so I’m not sure what would drive that jump, unless it’s a post-flood rally. Although, this might be related:
While Robitaille leads in both three-way races among those who strongly support repeal of the health care law, Chafee earns over 50% support from those who strongly oppose repeal.
A majority of Rhode Islanders support the repeal of the healthcare legislation (51%), which can perhaps be taken as a stand-in for a broader shift of the electorate rightward and toward Republicans. The cult of Obama is still holding relatively strong, with 57% approving of the president’s performance. But note this: That means the One now leads our much-maligned governor by a mere four percentage points when it comes to approval.
The Providence Journal reports Rasmussen’s healthcare numbers differently than does Rasmussen itself (unless Rasmussen just didn’t summarize the results that the Projo cites), but if anything, this the Projo offers a moderated view of a surprising shift that ought to send chills down the spines of Democrats who expected passage of the legislation to kick off an upswing of approval::
The latest poll also showed 48 percent of Rhode Islanders approve of federal health-care reform, with 46 percent opposing it. Support was stronger last month, with 54 percent in favor and 41 percent opposed.