Updated March 30 at 6:25am

SBANE poll: 75% favor pension reform


PROVIDENCE – The attendees of the Smaller Business Association of New England’s monthly breakfast meeting showed overwhelming support for the pension reform proposal that the R.I. General Assembly is considering.

Seventy-five percent of the 40 attendees of Wednesday’s meeting said they were in support of the proposal; 22 percent were unsure and 3 percent opposed it.

That’s a bigger percentage in agreement than any of the other questions, including: Which football team will win this Sunday? Seventy percent said the Patriots; 21 percent said “Who cares?” and 9 percent said the Jets.

The association also asked how the attendees thought the Rhode Island economy was doing – 53 percent said “decreasing slowly.” When asked about their feelings on the “overall direction” of the United States, 43 percent said “somewhat wrong direction” and 33 percent said “somewhat right direction.”

Political questions on the poll included: Who do you think should be the Republican nominee for president? Thirty-nine percent voted for Mitt Romney; 17 percent voted for Newt Gingrich and “Unsure.”

As for the Occupy Movement, the largest percentage of respondents – 39 percent - had “somewhat negative” feelings about it.

Fifty-one percent of attendees had positive feelings about the Tea Party, while 30 percent expressed negative feelings.


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