By Ted Nesi and Tim White
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has the highest approval rating among next year’s likely candidates for Rhode Island governor, but many of his rivals are also in solid shape, an exclusive WPRI 12/Providence Journal poll released Tuesday shows.
The new survey of 506 Rhode Island registered voters finds 57% say Taveras, a first-term Democrat, is doing an excellent or good job as mayor. His likely rival for governor, Democratic Treasurer Gina Raimondo, has a 51% approval rating. Republican Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has a 47% approval rating. Moderate Party founder Ken Block and Democrat Clay Pell remain largely unknown to the electorate.
By Dan McGowan
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The expected candidates for Rhode Island governor in 2014 all found reasons to be pleased with an exclusive WPRI 12/Providence Journal poll released Tuesday, but cautioned that the results only represent a snapshot in time for a race that is still more than 11 months away.