83% = Reason to Hope: Only 17% of Rhode Islanders Approve of Mayor Cicilline’s Job Performance
That recent Brown poll determined that Congressman Cicilline has a shockingly low approval rating.
The consensus seems to be that this is a reflection of the recently renewed (it’s not accurate to say “new”) revelations as to how the former mayor handled and obfuscated Providence’s budget problems.
Oh, the consensus is not quite unanimous.
Rep. David N. Cicilline expressed puzzlement Friday over a job-approval rating so dismal that it raises questions about his reelection prospects and may invite opponents to target him, according to the Brown University professor who directed the voter survey.
“I don’t know the basis of people’s conclusions,” the Democratic congressman said of his 17-percent positive job-approval rating in the latest Brown poll. “I’ve only been at the job for about 11 weeks.”
So it’s all about the last eleven weeks and not the prior eight years? Um, yeah, okay.
Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth, it appears that the former mayor’s poor (to say no worse) job performance is unacceptable to 83% of Rhode Island voters even in this heavily democrat state. WPRI’s Ted Nesi is correct to point out that what matters, in terms of the next election, is how District One views the former mayor.
For now, however, I’m happy to take this low rating as a clear sign that Rhode Islanders, at least in this matter, are not only paying attention but have standards which won’t excuse the official conduct of even a democrat’s democrat.