ARKANSAS. (KTVE/KARD) — The new Arkansas Poll, by the University of Arkansas, shows strong Republican support in the state’s governor race, and dwindling chances for recreational marijuana to pass. The poll is in its 24th year and asks potential voters about a wide range of issues including elections, abortions, and the way the state is heading.
Among those surveyed, almost 60% are likely to vote Republican in the race for Arkansas governor, in which GOP candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders is getting most of these voters’ support. In other polls, Sanders had at least a 10-point lead over Democratic candidate Chris Jones.
The Arkansas Poll also shows a drastic drop in support for the recreational marijuana issue on the ballot. Right now, about 60% of voters oppose the issue, and previous polls have shown Issue 4’s support losing steam as election night gets closer.
Another topic that the poll inquired about was abortion and what people would and would not support. In Arkansas, 74% would want abortion legalized when the pregnancy is no longer viable and 78% support abortions if the woman’s life is in danger.
54% thought abortion should be legal if there is a chance of serious defect in the baby, and 72% of those polled indicated that rape or incest should allow abortion to be legal. Concern for the economy remained the most important issue for Arkansans, jumping from 22% to 39% in one year.
The average age of those polled was 63 and 76% were white.