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Block Poll Shows 9 Point Lead Over Fung in RI GOP Primary

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Block.

A poll commissioned by Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block has Block up 9 points over opponent Cranston Mayor Allan Fung in a recent poll of likely Republican and Independent voters in the state -- a net change of 37 points from when Block trailed Fung by 28 points in October.

See Block April 2014 Survey Findings BELOW

"The single most important thing is that Ken's message has been received loud and clear," said Block spokesperson Jeff Britt. "It's time for real change. We're going to take the data we have here and move on to to the general election. If Fung wants to be negative that's up to him."

The poll conducted by Fabrizio, Lee, and Associates on April 22 and 23 had a sample size of 300 likely GOP primary voters. A previous survey was conducted in October 2012.

Parsing the Poll

How will Block survey results play out at the polls? RI will find out come September.

"Tony Fabrizio, and Fabrizio, Lee, and Associates did polling for Governor Carcieri, so they've been in RI before. They're the pollster for Rick Scott in Florida, and a number of other major heavyweights, including Rick Perry when he ran for President," said Britt.

"People misunderstand polls -- it's not about how you're doing. We're talking about very specific problems with specific solutions. What we've learned is that people want real solutions, not soundbites."

Britt noted that Block went from only 27% of potential voters seeing him as a conservative in October to 40% seeing him that way now.

"We've polled Ken's messaging, and people understand what he's saying," said Britt. "The negative attacks on Ken have had largely no effect. We're happy and excited where we are."

Britt noted the increase in favorables for Block, as compared to Fung.  "Ken's total favorables jumped, as well as the "very favorable" category, from October to April.  Allan's "very favorable" number dropped in that time.  Ken's base has gotten stronger, while Allan's has gotten smaller."

Fung Responds

"Our internal polling shows a different race and the truth is that Mayor Fung will be the Republican nominee. Rhode Island Republicans are enthusiastically supporting Mayor Fung with their wallets and their endorsements. Once Republican primary voters learn Ken Block voted for President Obama twice and supported Obamacare, they overwhelmingly reject his candidacy. We are completely confident that these poll numbers are as unreliable as his credentials to run as a Republican," said Patrick Sweeney, spokesperson for the Fung for Governor campaign. 

Sweenedy added, "We are up to 23 Chairmen and Chairwomen endorsements, 9 city and town endorsements, the Young Republicans, and both national committee persons."

On Monday, Fung announced the endorsements of RI GOP national committee chairpersons Carol Mumford and Steve Frias.

Looking Ahead

Who will ultimately be the opponent for the winner for the GOP primary?

Currently, Block leads Fung in cash on hand, with Block reporting $653,119 in the first quarter of 2014 to Fung's $445,514.

"What our polling data shows is what people knew about Ken in October, the more they get to know him, they know him in positive ways," said Britt, of Block's favorability.

Stlll, Britt said the campaign was now focusing on the general election. "If there are contrasts to be drawn with [Fung], we will. We won't pay too much attention to Allan at this point. We're focused on the [Democrats]. Ken's made his case with the Republicans."


Related Slideshow: Block April 2014 GOP Primary Voter Survey

On April 22 and 23, Fabrizio, Lee, and Associates conducted a survey of likely GOP primary voters statewide in Rhode Island, with a sample size of 300, for gubernatorial candidate Ken Block. 

Below are key findings from that survey. 

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Direction of State

Question: Generally speaking, would you say that things in State of Rhode Island are headed in the right direction or would you say things are seriously heading off on the wrong track?

                         October 2013    April 2014

Right                       7                    7

Wrong                   87                  90

Undecided              6                   3

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Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of each person?         

             Total Favorables   Unfav.


Oct 2013           45           9                                

April 2014          63          10                              


Oct 2013           69           5

April 2014          68         15

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Conservative vs. Liberal

Please tell me whether you think each one of the following people is a Liberal, Moderate, or Conservative in their political beliefs?                 

                 Total Cons    Total Mod    Total Lib


Oct. 2013         27             29               7

April 2014        40             29                7


Oct 2013          36            34               10

April 2014         34           39                14

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Most Important Issues

Which of the following issues are most important in deciding your vote for Governor?

                                           Oct. 13       April 14

Creating jobs                         44                41               

Eliminating Corruption           9                  17

Lowering Taxes                     9                   11

Balancing Budget                  9                  10

Eliminating Waste                  9                   6

Illegal Immigration                 6                   4

Family Values                        4                   3

Improving Education             2                   2

Reforming Welfare                2                   1

Improving Healthcare           1                    *

Fighting crime                       1                   *

Protecting Environment        -                   *

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General Assembly Approval

Generally speaking, do you approve or disapprove of the job the State Legislature is doing?

Total approve                10

Total disapprove            84

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Candidate Choice

If the primary election were held today, who would you vote for?




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No worries, Kenny... no Town Committees have endorsed... just Ms. Tea Party, AK57 Raffle Girlfriend, Doreen Costa. Gimme a break... as pathetic as RI republican party is, even they won't fall for the phony baloney of a guy who is as far left as Ken Block is. If Fung loses, I'd prefer a progressive who at least admits it...and these paid for polls by candidates mean absolutely nothing. I do think the GOP primary will be a close one, Allan better get his act together... and hit this fraud hard.

Comment #1 by Jim MurphyScit on 2014 05 20

I am happy to support someone who isn't owned by the public sector unions. Allen Fung is not only beholden to them, when he had a problem with a police officer he puts them on paid leave. Are you kidding me? The taxpayers of Cranston took it on the chin to the tune of half a million dollars!

Mayor Fung is responsible for the mess in the Cranston Police Department and the cat is now out of the bag.

Comment #2 by Marie Dawn Christie on 2014 05 20

Excuse me, I come from a family of many police brothers ... yes, you ought to watch yourself implying that police officers who donate to a Mayor have corrupted the process. Get some help... you obviously have a disdain for the police... perhaps "Marie" (yeah, right)one of the brotherhood arrested you and you still hold a grudge.

Comment #3 by Jim MurphyScit on 2014 05 20

Ken Block's answers to the folks at www.votesmart.com
Ken Block on the issues....
Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor? ....NO
Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?..NO
Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?...NO
Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?....NO
Do you support expanding the definition of a hate crime to include gender identity? ...YES
Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?...NO
Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy? ...YES
Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? YES
Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?...YES
Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns? NO
Do you support requiring a license for gun possession? YES
Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option? YES
Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? ..NO

Comment #4 by Sammy Arizona on 2014 05 20

Mr. Block may be many things, however, a Republican is NOT one of them!
But in reality, do voters really care?

Comment #5 by Walter Miller on 2014 05 20

I come from a family of cops too Jim MurphyScit and we all consider Cranston an embarrassment. If you can't recognize the conflict of the union president's entire family contributing to a mayor then you wouldn't recognize a true conservative if you saw one.If Fung can't run a small city what qualifies him to run a state. "You oughta watch yourself" sounds like it's coming straight from a Cranston cop who's looking to drink from the Fung trough if he gets elected. Too bad the Soprano's of Cranston PD screwed the pooch.

Comment #6 by Max Diesel on 2014 05 20

Cranston PD got it's national accreditation in the middle of all of this. And while I'm in the CFD, a lot of guys in the PD are disgusted by how Jeff Britt, Ken Block, Steve Stycos, and a few of the majors got together to try and take down our beloved mayor. All of this is just political horseplay. Mayor Fung has done an excellent job in the city, and even though we've had to make concessions in the union, still feel prouder than ever to represent it.

Comment #7 by Brandon Hawk on 2014 05 23

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