Poll: Clinton Name Still Strong in GOP-Controlled Arkansas

Thursday, 01 May 2014 07:14 PM

By Jason Devaney

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Hillary Clinton is the favorite for president in 2016 in her home state of Arkansas, ahead of all but one hypothetical candidate, Republican Mike Huckabee, according to a new poll.

Public Policy Polling released the results of its recent survey that concludes Clinton leads Republicans Jeb Bush (46 to 41 percent), Rand Paul (48 to 42), and Chris Christie (47 to 38). Huckabee holds a slim lead over Clinton in the poll results, 47 to 44 percent.

Huckabee served as Arkansas' lieutenant governor from 1993-1996 and as its governor from 1996-2007.

Bill Clinton, who served as the governor of Arkansas for two terms before getting elected to the White House in 1992, has a favorability rating of 55 percent in the poll.

Among GOP voters in Arkansas, 38 percent favor Huckabee for president in 2016. Ted Cruz has the support of 14 percent of the voters, Rand Paul has 13 percent, Jeb Bush has 10 percent, and Chris Christie has four 4 percent. Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, and Paul Ryan all have 3 percent of Republican voters' support. Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher at the center of a legal dispute with the Bureau of Land Management, garnered 2 percent of the support.

Sixty-two percent of Republicans polled would like to see Huckabee run for president.

Another poll question centered around gay marriage, and only 27 percent of voters support it in the state of Arkansas. Fifty-four percent, however, favor some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples.

Fifty-six percent of the voters support the federal government's effort to increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour, which breaks down to more than 80 percent of Democrats and 34 percent of Republicans.

Democrat Mike Beebe is the current governor of Arkansas and his second and final term will end in January 2015. The state has one senator from each party in Mark Pryor, a Democrat, and John Boozman, a Republican. Arkansas' four members of the House — Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin, Steve Womack, and Tom Cotton — are Republican.

Arkansas voted for the Republican candidate for president in the last four elections and in seven of the last nine dating back to 1980.

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