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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Just not interested

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 8:29 AM

While Blanche Lincoln's vulnerability in the 2010 Senate election has been covered like the dew in the press, most of Arkansas isn't listening, the University of Arkansas's 2009 Arkansas Poll, released today, says.

"While a few of us are making a lot of noise already about the 2010 U.S. Senate contest, the reality is that the vast majority of Arkansans are not yet paying attention," a UA press release quotes political science professor and poll director Janine Parry as saying. 

How vast is that majority? Fully 75 percent of Arkansans aren't following the challenge to Lincoln or aren't paying too much attention to it, the 11th annual poll says.

Other details from the poll:

-More of those polled would vote for a Democrat (41 percent) over a Republican (36 percent).

-Nearly half of Arkansans -- 48 percent -- oppose a public option as a way to reform health care. But 56 percent of uninsured Arkansans support the public option.

-Fifty-nine percent of Arkansans believe the death penalty provides a pyschological benefit to victim families.

-Sixty-nine percent believe that the death penalty costs the state less than a life without parole. Psychology professor Denise Beike, who contributed the questions about the death penalty to the poll, said multiple studies have shown the opposite is true, because of the cost of court appeals.

One finding of the 2008 Arkansas poll  was way off. While the poll found that 55 percent of Arkansans opposed Initiated Act 1, which makes it unlawful for gay couples (and other unmarried couples) to act as foster parents, 57 percent of Arkansans voted in favor of the act.

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