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Brown Poll: Most support gay marriage, Taveras & Raimondo remain popular

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

A new Brown University Poll shows that the majority of Rhode Islanders support same sex marriage and highlights who's popular on the RI political scene.

The poll revealed that 60.4% of Rhode Islanders support extending marriage rights to include same-sexed couples. Almost half of those who supported same-sex marriage said it is an equal rights issue while 27.7% said they support it because it personal choice.

Of those who opposed same sex marriage almost 60% said they were strongly opposed and the majority cited religious beliefs as the main reason.

The poll also shows that younger people are more supportive of gay rights than older people with only 34% of those over 70 supporting gay marriage, and 77% of those under 30 supporting it.

Meanwhile, Rhode Islanders are still skeptical about the state of the Rhode Island economy and do not believe that RI's leaders will make the right decisions for the state's future. 87% said they thin the state's economy is not so good or poor. On the bright side 56% said they think their own finances are in good or excellent shape.

Likely gubernatorial candidate, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras still remains extremely popular with 63.7% approval and his likely democratic opponent, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, also enjoys high popularity with a 56% approval.

Independent Governor Lincoln Chafee is not so popular with a 25% approval rating. Congressman David Cicilline still continues to have low approval ratings at 27% despite his recent re-election. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse who was also recently re-elected has a strong support base of 43.7% and his Senate counter-part Jack Reed who is up fro re-election in 2014 is very popular with at 54% approval rating.

The poll, conducted by the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University, surveyed 593 Rhode Island between Feb. 21-23, the margin of error was plus or minus 4%.

 

 

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