The Rhode Island Survey Initiative

Opinion polling focused on the Ocean State

The Rhode Island Survey Initiative is an effort by URI researchers to gather insights from Rhode Islanders about issues that are important to the Ocean State through an annual opinion poll.

Researchers from URI’s Harrington School of Communication and Media; Social Science Institute for Research, Education, and Policy; and Department of Political Science devise the surveys, which are administered by YouGov, an international internet-based market research and data analytics firm.

Our goals:


  • Fill a gap in statewide polling by creating consistent, wide-ranging opinion surveys focused on Rhode Island.
  • Provide a tool for policymakers, media, academic researchers, and others interested in key issues affecting the Ocean State.
  • Advance research related to media, communication, political science, and other social science disciplines.
  • Give students opportunities to work alongside faculty experts to identify issues, craft survey questions, and analyze data.

  • In the News

    The Rhode Island Survey Initiative is led by an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students from multiple departments at URI. The team identifies key issues, formulates survey questions, and analyzes results.                

    Meet the Team



    Contact Us

    Ranger Hall, Room 207
    10 Ranger Road
    Kingston, RI 02881

    p: 401.874.2110
    f: 401.874.2892