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Clinton, Trump lead in new Rhode Island poll

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump lead among likely Rhode Island voters ahead of the state’s primary on Tuesday.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump lead among likely Rhode Island voters ahead of the state’s primary on Tuesday.Wire photos

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump lead among likely Rhode Island voters ahead of the state’s primary on Tuesday, according to a new Brown University poll released Sunday.

According to the poll, Clinton leads Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary 43 percent to 34 percent, with 16 percent undecided.

The poll has Trump leading the Republican primary race with 38 percent support. John Kasich captured 25 percent, Ted Cruz had 14 percent, while 17 percent were undecided.

The poll surveyed 600 likely Rhode Island voters from April 19 to 21. Of that number, 320 identified as Democrats, 99 identified as Republicans, and 181 said they were unaffiliated.

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Of those surveyed, 436 said they planned to vote in the Democratic primary, while 164 plan to cast their ballots in the Republican contest.

The poll results for the Democratic primary had a margin of error of 4.6 percent, whereas the Republican results had a margin of error of 7 percent, according to the university.

The April poll’s results are similar to the last Brown University survey that focused on presidential primaries, which was released in February. That poll had Clinton leading Sanders by a 49-40 margin. Trump also had a large lead in that poll.

The poll also surveyed Rhode Islanders about a slew of other political issues, including charter schools, tourism, and marijuana.

According to the survey, 55 percent of likely voters support passing a law that would regulate and tax the use of marijuana for recreational use.

A majority — 59 percent — also supported the expansion of charter schools in Rhode Island.

While Rhode Island tourism has recently made headlines for all the wrong reasons, 62 percent said they supported spending state funds to promote tourism.

Brown University pollsters previously told the Providence Journal they were having a hard time getting responses to their questions this month.

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“People are so sick and tired of the race,” James Morone, director of Brown’s Taubman Center, told the Providence Journal. “They don’t want to talk about it. They don’t want to hear about it. The want to sit back and drink a beer. I can’t blame them.”

A veteran shielded his eyes as he stands on a back platform under a flag that reads “hope” before Hillary Clinton spoke during a campaign rally in Central Falls, Rhode Island on Saturday.
A veteran shielded his eyes as he stands on a back platform under a flag that reads “hope” before Hillary Clinton spoke during a campaign rally in Central Falls, Rhode Island on Saturday.REUTERS/Mary Schwalm