Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rhode Island and North Carolina Question Suggestions

Rhode Island received the most votes from distinct individuals in our 'vote on where to poll' this week so that's where we'll go this time around along with North Carolina.

For Rhode Island: who should we test against Sheldon Whitehouse besides Don Carcieri and what questions should we ask besides the races for President and Senate?

And we're appreciative of good North Carolina question suggestions as well. We're going to finalize these polls tomorrow afternoon so any ideas you can give us in the next 24 hours will be in the mix and much appreciated.

74 comments:

Andrew Carden said...

Rhode Island? Really?! Do we expect anything less than 20%+ margins for Obama and Whitehouse? Ugh.

Jordan said...

what about John Robitaille?

Anonymous said...

For NC, I would ask whether they support of oppose the Democratic National Convention being held in Charlotte in 2012. I would also include gubernatorial race head to heads that include Republicans like Rep. Sue Myrick, Rep. Patrick McHenry, and of course the former Charlotte mayor who she battled last time around.

Anonymous said...

RI-Sen Republicans; John Robiltalle, Catherine Taylor, John Loughlin.

Also in Rhode Island- Chafee's approval, same-sex marriage, Republican-Prez primary? (Is Romney doing as well there as in NH?)

North Carolina- maybe state legislature- will Dems win it back in 2012?

Matt said...

I'd include John Robitaille, Gio Cicione, and perhaps John Loughlin as reasonable opponents.

In terms of other questions, I'd do...

1. an approval rating for Linc Chafee
2. an approval rating for David Cicilline
2. support/oppose gay marriage legislation

JB said...

Scott avedisian would be a good candidate, or catherine taylor

Anonymous said...

Rhode Island Gay Marriage

North Carolina positive/negative feeling to 2010 Charlotte DNC

Anonymous said...

Maybe try Lincoln Almond, Donald Carcieri against Whitehouse.

Jack Reed approval would be good.

Also a retrospective approval rating for Claiborne Pell would be really cool.

Anonymous said...

Bonus Republican: Scott Brown (to see how a moderate R would play against Obama in a deep blue state.)

Senate: Avedisian, Fung, Almond, Cariceri, Robitalle, Loughlin - in primary and against Whitehouse.

Just for fun: Curt Schilling's approval numbers - see if the 38 studios controversy has taken a toll.

Anonymous said...

Rhode Island?

Over CT, ME, WA and NH? No sense...

Anonymous said...

Chafee in a Senate match-up as an Indy. I know he's not likely to leave the Governor's mansion, but it'd be interesting to see.

Anonymous said...

PFFFF Rhode Island? Seriously? Come on guys poll NH and go on the Virginia field too.

No one cares about Rhode Island.

The Interesting Times said...

I second John Robitaille.

I would also poll the 2012 Republican Presidential primary, though we'd all have to keep in mind that Rhode Island's primary doesn't work that way--primary voters select individual delegates (though the proportion of selected delegates for each candidate seemed to roughly match the candidates' popular support in 2008).

jpmassar said...

Please ask about marriage equality. That is the hot topic now in RI and it is why RI won the polling.

"Do you favor or oppose Rhode Island allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into same-sex marriages?"

would be a good question.

Kevin said...

Make sure you ask about gay marriage in RI; that's why it won the poll.

Bwsides that...I guess poll Carcieri vs. Whitehouse, but that's about it.

Mark B. said...

I'll just put this out there as to why R.I. won:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/13/943085/-Action:-Tell-PPP-to-Poll-Rhode-Island

The legions over at Dailykos were urged to in the hope that a same-sex marriage question would be asked. Now, I don't think this was ever on their main page, and I surely do not purport to know whether this advert made a legitimate difference. I may be on to nothing here.

But I did think R.I. surged late in the game- or am I making that up? It's hard to tell, but I thought I'd put this out there.

Andrew Caswell said...

Ask about marriage equality in Rhode Island.

The Interesting Times said...

"The legions over at Dailykos were urged to in the hope that a same-sex marriage question would be asked."

Wait...

Isn't DailyKos supposed to be paying for its polls under contract, instead of just gaming PPP's open polls?

Mr. Debnam? How does this go over with you?

Anonymous said...

Please be sure to poll a marriage equality question. It's tracked well for some time. But with the lawmakers perched to vote at any time, it'd be nice for them to be working from fresh information and reinforce the results of previous polls.

Bradley Silverman said...

Marriage equality is the biggest issue in Rhode Island right now - definitely poll that.

For RI Sen: John Robitaille, Scott Avedisian, John Loughlin, Giovanni Ciccione, Allan Fung, T. Joseph Almond

Chafee and Cicilline's favorability ratings

Alex Laska said...

RI: gay marriage (you might as well, since that's why so many people voted for the state)

Coxygru said...

Suggestion for poll's questions:
Marriage equality for LGBT citizens.

Clarknt67 said...

I was among the people people who participated in the Daily Kos campaign. It was entirely user generated, and had no affiliation with DK, aside from being posted there. (And no it was never front paged.)

Nothing untoward going on. If PPP puts something out for a popular vote, it can be expected people may build a campaign to influence it. That is what PPP hopes by putting these out, to generate hits to their own site, right?

Anonymous said...

I would like to see the approve/disapprove numbers for gay marriage in Rhode Island.

Anonymous said...

Marriage equality

Mark B. said...

Interesting Times:

I don't think the administrators of the DK site had anything to do with the ploy. I believe that site works as such that different bloggers post their own material within the site, or something like that- and the call was made by such a blogger.

I don't know if the call made a big difference, and if so whether the fellow making the call intended to really tip the scales. I think he was just publicizing a vote contest, and promoting one option- fair and innocent. If indeed my suspicion is (it may after all not be) justified, then the sheer size of the community over there would be the culprit here.

So, I don't think there's any dirty tricks at hand, though I share your legitimate concern.

RWG said...

Marriage Equality.

jpmassar said...

@Interesting Times.

The people who run Daily Kos and who pay for PPP polls had nothing to do with the fact that diaries appeared on Daily Kos urging people to vote for Rhode Island in the poll.

That was pretty much my doing, and I have no association, monetary or otherwise, with Daily Kos, its front-pagers, PPP, or anything related, other than that I write user diaries there.

So, to be clear, Daily Kos, the organization, had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that RI won the poll.

Andrea said...

Please poll marriage equality in Rhode Island, that's why it got my vote. But Kos didn't send me over here. I'm just really into marriage equality.

kyl.v said...

I and many people voted for Rhode Island because of the marriage equality issue coming up in that state (for those of you confused as to why anybody would vote for Rhode Island).
I think you should poll voters about the Same Sex Marriage issue in Rhode Island.

Anonymous said...

Rhode Island: support / oppose extending civil marriage to same-sex couples

Anonymous said...

For Rhode Island - the hot topic is marriage equality! There are a lot of eyes and ears on RI, Maryland, California and Iowa on this topic right now...

I think marriage equality will be a hot topic in the '12 elections... All of the candidates for RNC Chairman were specifically asked for their views on marriage equality - and the ultra-right wing, christian conservatives are certainly pushing this issue to the forefront. Not sure they will be able to make hay of it, but...

Mykelb said...

If you ask about marriage equality, please put it in language that is neutral.

Anonymous said...

RI -- marriage equality poll please

Anonymous said...

Rhode Island: Marriage Equality

Morgan said...

For Rhode Island: voter approval of gay marriage (last time polled it hovered around 60%) -- has it increased with a vote in the legislature imminent?

North Carolina -- voter approval of the President (he narrowly won there in '08), and voter approval of the democratic party.

Morgan from Indianapolis

BostonMatt said...

Lots of us who never read DailyKos still want to know about same sex marriage. I live in Boston and am curious to know what my neighbors think.

TampaZeke said...

Poll marriage equality.

Roland said...

same sex marriage in RI

Anonymous said...

same sex marriage in RI

Dub Not Dubya said...

I live in Rhode Island and echo the calls to poll on marriage equality. The main poll currently making it into local news stories was done by one of the advocacy groups and was written in a biased way. Solid, unbiased data would be helpful to the public conversation that is currently happening here. For the Senate race, the Republicans in play would be Carcieri, Robitaille and Loughlin.

Anonymous said...

Poll marriage equality.

Anonymous said...

I think a question about support for marriage equality would be timely.

Anonymous said...

marriage equality!

Anonymous said...

Including gays in the institution of marriage.

Anonymous said...

Please ask a question about marriage equality-we need a fair and unbiased poll about the issue.

John said...

Same-sex marriage legislation.

Jake Gellar-Goad said...

I too hope to see marriage equality as a part of that poll. The more legitimate polling firms that cover the issue, the better. And PPP is certainly one of the good ones!

Giselle said...

Employment rights/non-discrimination against gay people
Gay marriage
Other, more specific rights = equality re sexual orientation

Anonymous said...

For those who are wondering how in the world Rhode Island could have won, a concerted effort was made to get people with NO interest in this topic to vote in order to sway the vote unfairly. Here's an example, posted by 'JP Massar' to a poker list:

"Subject: Five seconds of help

Go here: http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2011/02/this-weeks-finalists.html

Vote for Rhode Island.

(no signups, no muss, no fuss, just a couple of clicks)

(A group of people is trying to get some new polling results on marriage equality in Rhode Island, and if PPP polls RI, they will ask about it since it is a hot topic. But first we need to get them to do the poll; they do respect the results of their
poll on where to poll)

Thanks!"

It's a shame, really... but to be expected, I suppose.

coolidgen said...

Didn't you guys just poll NC? What's the point of a re-poll? I think you even polled the Charlotte question... but maybe I'm wrong. Ask that one again, it will be interesting.

RI: Just for kicks, David Segal v. Whitehouse in a Democratic primary.

Might be an interesting place to ask a Clinton approval rating question as well. NOT in relation to Obama. Just on her own.

Anonymous said...

Agree. Marriage equality.

Anonymous said...

Rhode Island - Marriage Equality

Cedlitz said...

Show which way the river is running, ask about same sex marriage.

truthspew said...

RI - marriage equality. I want to prove NOM wrong.

Om Kalthoum said...

I'd like to see you poll in Rhode Island on marriage equality (=same-sex marriage)

rainbowromances said...

Poll Rhode Island for marriage equality.

Treacy Seeley said...

Marriage Equality!

Anonymous said...

The freedom to marry.

Bubba C said...

For Rhode Island, marriage equality would be an excellent topic.

Zoe Brain said...

Marriage equality - that should be a no-brainer.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why people voted for Rhode Island, among the least interesting options available. Still, poll gay marriage.

Katie said...

Marriage equality, for sure.

Anonymous said...

RI: Scott Avedisian, popular moderate Republican mayor of 2nd largest city, close to Chafee.

Stephen said...

Ask if gay couples should have the same rights as straight couples. Particularly, the right to be married.

Anonymous said...

you should not poll gay marriage to keep people from gumming up the voting ever again.

Dustin Ingalls said...

"Didn't you guys just poll NC?"

Jan. 20-23. We do NC every month, and that will have been a month this coming weekend.

"I think you even polled the Charlotte question... but maybe I'm wrong"

We asked if they WANTED the convention, but that was asked 9-12 days before the announcement that it WOULD be here.

NRH said...

Well, I voted for New Hampshire, but Rhode Island was going to get a look sooner or later, I guess. Same as Hawaii, the outcome of the toplines isn't much in doubt, but it'll be a baseline for a deep blue state. Marriage equality is the only question I know of for Rhode Island to do otherwise, being the only New England state that doesn't have gay marriage (at least for now; the teatards who've taken over the NH government will probably try to roll back civil rights there before they get voted out en masse again in 2012).

Anonymous said...

Ask the folks in Rhode Island about marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.

Stephen said...

Ask about marriage equality, please.

Anonymous said...

Please ask Rhode Island whether it supports or opposes marriage equality for all of its taxpaying adult citizens.

Annissa said...

I know you polled on the DNC coming to Charlotte before the announcement was made, but I would like to see you ask a follow-up (are people glad it's coming, I guess). I would also be curious to see whether people think having the convention here will help Obama/Democrats in NC for 2012. I understand that conventions don't typically result in votes, but I wonder whether NC voters *think* that having the convention here will help Dem chances overall.

Anonymous said...

Choose marriage equality. The people have spoken. Huzza!!!

Annissa said...

I'm changing my vote for a marriage equality question, too.

 
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