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Election 2008: Rhode Island Presidential Election
Obama Still Dominant in Rhode Island

Barack Obama continues to hold onto a huge lead over John McCain in Rhode Island. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the state finds the Democrat ahead 58% to 39%.

In June, Obama had a 55% to 31% lead in the Ocean State.

Rhode Island has cast its four Electoral College votes for the Democratic candidate in eight out of the last 10 presidential elections. In 2004, John Kerry enjoyed a decisive 59% to 39% victory in the Ocean State. Rasmussen Markets data gives Obama a % chance of winning Rhode Island which is classified as “Safe Democratic” in the Rasmussen Reports Balance of Power calculator.

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Among unaffiliated voters in Rhode Island, Obama has a 51% to 44% lead. He leads by double-digits among both men and women.

The Democratic nominee is viewed favorably by 66% of voters and unfavorably by 32%. McCain’s ratings are 51% favorable, 47% unfavorable. As for their running mates, Joseph Biden is viewed favorably by 62% and unfavorably by 32%. Just 44% have a favorable view of Sarah Palin, while 53% view her unfavorably.

Nearly half of voters in Rhode Island (47%) think Biden was the right choice for Obama’s VP, while nearly the same percentage (46%) thinks Palin was the wrong choice for McCain. The plurality of voters (41%) sees Biden as politically moderate, while the majority (54%) sees Palin as conservative.

Just 22% of voters in Rhode Island say President Bush is doing a good or excellent job, while 62% say he is doing a poor job.

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This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 13, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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