Economic Worries At the Top in Arkansas Poll

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 7:00 am  

Party Affiliation

For the second year, the poll suggested a move away from Democratic Party identification and toward either the Republican Party or no affiliation.

But the poll found small gains by both Republicans and Democrats and a drop in people who called themselves Independents. In 2010, 41 percent of "very likely" voters called themselves Independent; this year, that number fell to 31 percent.

"There's simply a lot of volatility in partisan identification among Arkansans right now," Parry said. "Both parties' affiliates have returned to relatively normal levels, but independents remain rightward-leaning, which is likely to again advantage Republican candidates in 2012."

The 2011 Arkansas Poll was conducted by Eastern Research Services. Between Oct. 14 and 19, interviewers completed 800 telephone surveys among a random sample of adult Arkansans. Twenty percent of all respondents spoke with the center's interviewers via cell phone. Nearly 2 percent of the interviews were conducted in Spanish.

The survey's margin of error statewide is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.



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