That Public Policy Polling sample that showed Mark Pryor with a 1-point lead over Tom Cotton and Asa Hutchinson with an 8-point lead over Mike Ross gives the Democratic candidates some fodder to work with when the general election campaign begins, particularly overwhelming support for a minimum wage increase.
Other results released today show Arkansans favor increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour by a huge margin, 56-36, though only 34 percent of Republicans support it.
Imagine if they’d asked about the ballot question likely facing Arkansas voters in the fall, a much smaller, two-year phased-in increase of the minimum wage from $6.25 to only $8.50.
In the Senate race, Mark Pryor has expressed full support. Tom Cotton dodges the minimum wage at the federal level, saying it should be left to the states. So, how would he vote in Arkansas? Over in the governor’s race, again, Democrat Mike Ross is all for the state increase. Asa Hutchinson claims he’s for a minimum wage increase but wants the legislature (majority Republican and likely opposed, based on the polling) to decide, not voters. How will Asa vote personally on the issue? It’s a fair question he’ll eventually have to face, if not answer.
Arkansans also expressed 52-23 support for the paycheck fairness act, a sign of broad support for equal pay for women. Republicans — think Tom Cotton particularly — don’t want the federal government providing legal support for equal pay. Democrats support it and they already enjoy a gender gap. Expect more about this, too.
Other poll highlights:
* CLINTONS: They still get good marks. Bill Clinton enjoys a 55-37 favorability rating. Hillary Clinton would beat all the big-name Republican presidential candidates save one. The poll showed her trailing in a matchup with Florida tax fugitive Mike Huckabee by a narrow 47-44. 38 percent of Republicans made Huckabee the leader in presidential candidacy preference. 2 percent wanted Cliven Bundy.
* MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Arkansans still oppose same-sex “marriage,” 63-27 against. But, make it civil union, and the numbers move to favorable, 54-41 FOR legal recognition. And the hardened opposition will be dead before long. “… seniors oppose gay marriage 18/74, voters under 30 actually support it 53/32.”
* WALMART AND THE DUGGARS: Favorable/unfavorable for the retail chain — 64-24. Favorable/unfavorable for the fecund family — 26-26.
* RAZORBACKS: Fans favorite college teams split UA, 51; ASU, 13; UCA, 7; UAPB, 6; UALR 5.
* COACHES: Favorable/unfavorable on Hog football coach Bret Bielema — 42-16. Bobby Petrino — 29-46. Hog basketball coach Mike Anderson — 58-14.
* FAVORITE PRO TEAM: Baseball, 31 percent like the Cardinals. Football, 31 percent like the Cowboys.