Rhode Island presidential election polls

★ Leaning Democrat ★
of 538 electoral votes

Who won past presidential races in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island National
Year Margin of victory (pts) Margin of victory (pts)
2012 Obama
+27.5 Obama
2008 Obama
+27.8 Obama
2004 Kerry
+20.8 Bush (G.W.)
2000 Gore
+29.1 Bush (G.W.)
1996 Clinton (B.)
+32.9 Clinton (B.)
1992 Clinton (B.)
+18 Clinton (B.)
1988 Dukakis
+11.7 Bush (G.H.W.)
1984 Reagan
+3.7 Reagan
1980 Carter
+10.5 Reagan
1976 Carter
+11.3 Carter
1972 Nixon
+6.2 Nixon

Key data about Rhode Island

Economic and demographic indicators relative to the national average (%). Darker lines indicate multiple states with similar values.

Wage growth

4.6% Rhode Island -2.8%min 4.4%US 6.7%max

Unemployment rate

5.6% Rhode Island 2.9%min 4.9%US 6.9%max

Poverty rate

13.9% Rhode Island 8.2%min 13.5%US 22%max

College educated

31.4% Rhode Island 18.7%min 29.3%US 53.4%max

Hispanic population

14.4% Rhode Island 1.5%min 17.6%US 48%max

African-American population

7.9% Rhode Island 0.6%min 13.3%US 48.3%max

All individual polls

Date Pollster Clinton / Trump (%) Clinton TrumpSample*
Oct 2 - 4 Emerson 52 / 32 52% 32%600 LV
Sep 3 - 5 Emerson 44 / 41 44% 41%800 LV

* RV indicates registered voters; LV indicates likely voters

Methodology: The FT poll tracker is based on Real Clear Politics (RCP) data and checks for new polls at least once an hour as polls are added by RCP staff.

The poll tracker is based on a four-way race, which includes Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Republican candidate Donald Trump, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein. In states where Stein is not on the ballot (Nevada, Oklahoma and South Dakota), a three-way polling average is used. In Utah, where independent candidate Evan McMullin is polling significantly, a five-way polling average is used.

The FT’s US election poll tracker switched from two-way polling averages to four-way polling averages on September 21 to better reflect the options available to voters.

A state is considered ‘solid’ if the difference in polling averages between two candidates is above 10 per cent; ‘leaning’ if it is between 10 and 5 per cent; and a ‘toss-up’ if it falls below 5 per cent.

Most states use a ‘winner-take-all’ method of electoral college vote allocation. Maine and Nebraska, however, use an alternative method called the congressional district method in which the state is divided into congressional districts and the winner of each district takes that district’s electoral vote. The winner of the statewide vote is awarded two electoral votes.

Sources: Real Clear Politics, The Green Papers, US Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Produced by: Steve Bernard, Joanna S. Kao, Luke Kavanagh, Callum Locke, Claire Manibog, Caroline Nevitt, Tom Pearson, Ændrew Rininsland, and Martin Stabe.