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Toplines - 2010 Rhode Island Governor - April 21, 2010

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Rhode Island State Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted April 21, 2010
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

36% Strongly approve
21% Somewhat approve
10% Somewhat disapprove
31% Strongly disapprove
2% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job Don Carcieri has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job she’s been doing?

21% Strongly approve
32% Somewhat approve
17% Somewhat disapprove
28% Strongly disapprove
2% Not sure

3* 2010 Rhode Island Governor Race

April 21, 2010

Mar 25, 2010

Feb 25, 2010

John Robitaille (R)

26%

26%

22%

Patrick Lynch (D)

24%

22%

24%

Lincoln Chafee (I)

35%

37%

38%

Not sure

15%

15%

16%



April 21, 2010

Mar 25, 2010

Feb 25, 2010

John Robitaille (R)

21%

22%

19%

Frank Caprio (D)

33%

28%

27%

Lincoln Chafee (I)

33%

39%

37%

Not sure

13%

11%

17%

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

Candidate for the RI Governor’s Race

Very Favorable

Somewhat Favorable

Somewhat Unfavorable

Very Unfavorable

Not sure

Robitaille

9%

32%

17%

10%

33%

Caprio

17%

39%

18%

11%

16%

Chafee

25%

28%

14%

24%

8%

Lynch

13%

31%

18%

27%

11%

5* Will the health care plan passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama be good for the country or bad for the country?

46% Good
44% Bad
2% No impact
8% Not sure

6* A proposal has been made to repeal the health care bill and stop it from going into effect. Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose a proposal to repeal the health care bill?

39% Strongly favor
12% Somewhat favor
10% Somewhat oppose
36% Strongly oppose
3% Not sure

7* The health care plan passed by Congress would require every American to buy or obtain health insurance. Do you Strongly Favor, Somewhat Favor, Somewhat Oppose, or Strongly Oppose a federal law that requires every American to buy or obtain health insurance?

35% Strongly favor
23% Somewhat favor
12% Somewhat oppose
27% Strongly oppose
3% Not sure

8*Some people believe a federal law requiring every American to buy or obtain health insurance is unconstitutional. Some states have announced that they will sue the federal government to fight that requirement. Would you favor or oppose having your state sue the federal government to prevent it from becoming law?

42% Favor
48% Oppose

10% Not sure

9* When you think about the major issues facing the country, whose views are closest to your own President Barack Obama or the average tea party member?

49% President Barack Obama
43% The average Tea Party member
8% Not sure

10* How concerned are you that those opposed to President Obama’s policies will resort to violence?

27% Very concerned
20% Somewhat concerned
29% Not very concerned
21% Not at all concerned
2% Not sure

11*Generally speaking, how would you rate the U.S. economy these days? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

1% Excellent

7% Good

39% Fair

53% Poor
1% Not sure

12* Are economic conditions in the country getting better or worse?

41% Better

36% Worse

21% About the same
3% Not sure

13* Should offshore oil drilling be allowed?

64% Yes
21% No
15% Not sure

14* President Obama has proposed allowing more offshore drilling in some areas. However, drilling will not be permitted off the coasts of California and the New England states. Should offshore oil drilling be permitted off the coasts of California and the New England states?

45% Yes
40% No
15% Not sure

15* Should individual states have the right to ban drilling off their own coastlines?

47% Yes
35% No
18% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence