Our latest Arkansas Wire quarterly tracking poll is now live!
Here are two key takeaways from this latest survey of Arkansas voters.
In our Q1 poll from the spring, Arkansas voters’ support for repealing the state income tax was at 48 percent. In the latest poll, however, support has now hit 50 percent.
While that may not seem like a significant jump, the increase of support amongst Republican and Independent voters is notable: indeed, Republican support for phasing out the state income tax has increased by 9 points.
Support amongst Independent voters has also ticked up.
Here's a snapshot:
It’s also worth noting that this survey was conducted in late June, before last week’s announcement of the state’s nearly $1.2 billion surplus to end the fiscal year, which has significantly rekindled the income tax phase-out debate.
Overall, +21 of voters support phasing out the state income tax entirely.
Despite an onslaught of attacks from the defenders of the status quo and Arkansas’s failing education system, voter support for the LEARNS Act remains steady.
Last quarter, support for the act was at +15 amongst all voters. While that has dipped ever-so-slightly to +12, overall support for the law remains strong and is in fact growing amongst GOP voters and holding steady with Independents.
Unsurprisingly, the slight dip in the law’s overall popularity is being driven by a shift amongst Democrat voters who have increased their disapproval margin by 13 points to -22.