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Toplines - Rhode Island Governor - March 25, 2010

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Rhode Island State Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted March 25, 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?

42% Strongly approve
19% Somewhat approve
9% Somewhat disapprove
30% Strongly disapprove
1% 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?

19% Strongly approve
24% Somewhat approve
20% Somewhat disapprove
35% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure

3* 2010 Rhode Island Governor Race

Feb 25, 2010

Mar 25, 2010

John Robitaille (R)

22%

26%

Patrick Lynch (D)

24%

22%

Lincoln Chafee (I)

38%

37%

Not sure

16%

15%



Feb 25, 2010

Mar 25, 2010

John Robitaille (R)

19%

22%

Frank Caprio (D)

27%

28%

Lincoln Chafee (I)

37%

39%

Not sure

17%

11%

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

6%

29%

22%

7%

35%

Caprio

16%

37%

23%

6%

18%

Chafee

25%

32%

16%

21%

6%

Lynch

15%

30%

16%

25%

14%

5* Generally speaking, do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the health care reform plan passed by President Obama and the congressional Democrats?

34% Strongly favor
23% Somewhat favor
10% Somewhat oppose
31% Strongly oppose
1% Not sure

6*The health care plan before 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
20% Somewhat favor
10% Somewhat oppose
32% Strongly oppose
3% Not sure

7* Some people believe a federal law requiring every American to buy or obtain health insurance is unconstitutional. If that law passes, some states have announced that they will sue the federal government to fight that requirement. If the health care reform plan passes, would you favor or oppose having your state sue the federal government to prevent it from becoming law?

34% Favor
50% Oppose
16% Not sure

8* 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?

51% Good
36% Bad
3% No impact
9% Not sure

9* 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?

31% Strongly favor
13% Somewhat favor
10% Somewhat oppose
40% Strongly oppose
5% Not sure

10* In this November’s congressional election, suppose you have a choice between one candidate who wants to repeal the health care plan and another candidate who opposes repeal. Which candidate would you support – the one who wants to repeal the plan or the one who opposes repeal?

42% One who wants to repeal the plan
50% One who opposes repeal

8% Not sure

11* Regardless of how Congress is doing overall, does your local representative in Congress deserve to be reelected?

39% Yes
41% No
20% Not sure

12* Generally speaking, would it better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were reelected this November or if most of them were defeated?

26% Better if most incumbents were reelected
51% Better if most incumbents were defeated
23% Not sure

13* A year from today, will the U.S. economy be stronger than it is now, or weaker?

44% Stronger

31% Weaker

17% About the same

7% Not sure

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