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Election 2008: Arkansas Presidential Election
McCain Maintains Steady Lead in Arkansas

John McCain’s lead over Barack Obama in Arkansas remains stable, as the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state finds the Republican leading 54% to 44%.

The race has changed little from September, when McCain held a nine-point lead. Since tracking of the race began in March, McCain’s leads have ranged from nine to 29 percentage points over Obama in the Natural State.

Arkansas has cast its six Electoral College votes for Republican candidates in five out of the last seven Presidential elections. The only exceptions were when former Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton was on the Presidential ballot. In 2004, George W. Bush won the state by a 54% to 45% margin.

McCain’s lead among unaffiliated voters in Arkansas jumped from 25 points in September to 34 points in the latest poll. He also leads 58% to 39% among men. Women are more evenly divided between the candidates (see crosstabs).

McCain is viewed favorably by 61% and unfavorably by 37% of Arkansas voters. Obama’s reviews are 46% favorable, 53% unfavorable.

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On the top electoral issue of the economy, voters in Arkansas trust McCain more than Obama by a 52% to 43% margin. Unaffiliated voters trust the Republican nominee more, 55% to 36%.

McCain also has a big edge on national security, 60% to 37%. Unaffiliated also heavily favor the Republican on this issue.

President Bush earns good or excellent ratings from 35% of voters in Arkansas, while 47% give his job performance a poor rating.

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe continues to earn positive ratings from voters, with 68% rating his job performance as good or excellent and just 8% who rate it as poor.

Today’s other releases show McCain ahead in Mississippi while Obama has the advantage in Pennsylvania and Nevada . Demographic crosstabs for all state polling are available for Premium Members. Learn More.

 

Recent statewide presidential polls have been released for Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Demographic crosstabs for all state polling are available for Premium Members. Learn More.

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Arkansas Likely Republican

Latest RR Poll

RR Poll Avg.

"538" Avg.

RR Mkts.

In Trade

McCain (R)

54%

51%

51%

Obama (D)

44%

41%

39%

This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on October 27, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Arkansas Trends: McCain vs. Obama

Date

McCain

Obama

10/27/2008

54%

44%

09/22/2008

51%

42%

07/17/2008

47%

37%

06/12/2008

48%

39%

05/12/2008

57%

33%

03/18/2008

59%

30%

Arkansas Trends: McCain vs. Clinton

Date

McCain

Clinton

5/12/2008

39%

53%

3/18/2008

50%

43%


Favorable Ratings For Presidential Candidates in Arkansas

 

McCain

Obama

Very Favorable

33%

32%

Somewhat Favorable

28%

14%

Somewhat Unfavorable

17%

14%

Very Unfavorable

20%

39%

Not Sure

2%

1%


Rasmussen Reports - Electoral College Balance of Power Summary

Republicans

160

Democrats

173

Toss-Ups & Leaners

205


About Rasmussen Reports

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Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.