And speaking of sexual and gender identity issues: The annual Arkansas Poll at the University of Arkansas shows some support among Arkansans for equal rights for LGBT people, at least in employment and housing, but a majority still can’t be mustered in favor of adoption by LGBT parents or same-sex marriage, both of which happen to be the law of the land.

The numbers underscore why Republican politicians hold fast to anti-LGBT campaigning and lawmaking. Only 42 percent in the poll said they had a family member or close friend who was gay or lesbian.


The 19th Arkansas Poll had a range of questions on LGBT issues, according to a summary from UA.


[Brianna] Kordsmeier noted that the findings offered a sharp contrast with national public opinion. “Support for housing and employment rights has been overwhelming nationally – at least 85 percent – for at least 10 years,” she said. “Marriage and adoption rights also now have the support of a strong majority of Americans. The average Arkansan is far more reluctant than the average American to support equal treatment for gays and lesbians in family arrangements in particular.”

Findings tended along conventional lines.

The economy remains a top concern. More respondents are Republican than Democrat (32-25), but the percentage leaning Democratic among the independent voters trended up a bit this year. Arkansans departed from the national trend with strong (72 percent) support for the death penalty. Politics:


Sixty-two percent of respondents indicated approval for Gov. Asa Hutchinson; 39 percent approve of Sen. John Boozman, and 48 percent approve of Sen. Tom Cotton. Sixty-four percent of respondents feel that Arkansas is headed in the right direction. Fifty-four percent of the respondents said that they are about the same financially as they were a year ago and 50 percent think they will be about the same next year.

A solid majority (55 percent) thinks the campaign finance system should be “completely rebuilt.”

Donald Trump is in the plus column here, 47-40, on approval rating.

There was a 38-15 preference for stricter, rather than less strict, gun control laws, with the rest happy with status quo (41) or not responding. Stricter abortion laws are favored by 45 percent, about the same as previous years, but 61 percent favor legality under at least some circumstances with another 13 percent favoring legality, period.

Worried about global warming as a threat in current lifetime? 30 yes, 61 no.


Here’s the poll summary. (updated)

The poll questioned a random sample of 801 by telephone. The figures indicate women were overrepresented and blacks and Latinos underrepresented against the population. Also the poll sample was older and better educated.