Arkansas Poll: Shutdown Blamed on Democrats, Approval Slips for Boozman, Pryor

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 8:22 am  

Other results:

  • When asked about life in Arkansas, only 63 percent of respondents agreed that Arkansas is generally headed in the right direction, 10 points lower than last year. The only time confidence levels have polled this low was in 2003, when the rate was also 63 percent. 
  • A "historic record low" of 14 percent of people reported being better off financially as compared to a year ago, down from 23 percent last year.
  • Only 18 percent of respondents expected their financial situation to be better next year, the lowest level of confidence since this question was first asked in 1999.
  • An "unprecedented" 24 percent of respondents expect finances to be worse, up from 13 percent last year, and well above the most pessimistic past response of 20 percent in 2010.

Social Issues

The poll also found less than a quarter of Arkansans supporting marriage or civil unions for same-sex couples.

When it comes to the statement "There should be no legal recognition of a gay couple's relationship," only 46 percent of Arkansans agreed, the first time the response has dipped below 50 percent.

The poll also asked whether gays and lesbians should have equal rights in job opportunities. Eighty-one percent of likely voters agreed that they should.

For the first time, the poll asked about support for granting in-state tuition to graduates of Arkansas high schools who are in the country illegally.

Thirty-six percent of likely voters approved of that option; 54 percent disapproved.

Also: 59 percent of Arkansans support allowing undocumented immigrants to become U.S. citizens if they meet certain criteria, similar to the 56 percent that supported it last year.

The poll was conducted by Issues & Answers Network between Oct. 10 and 17 through800 live telephone interviews among a random sample of adult Arkansans. Twenty percent of all respondents were cell phone users. 

The survey’s margin of error statewide is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, meaning that researchers are 95 percent confident that the actual result lies within 3.5 percentage points in either direction of the result the poll’s sample produced. 



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