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Toplines - 2010 Arkansas Senate Race - December 1, 2009

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Arkansas State Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted December 1, 2009
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

21% Strongly approve
13% Somewhat approve
14% Somewhat disapprove
51% Strongly disapprove
0% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job Mike Beebe has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

23% Strongly approve
47% Somewhat approve
22% Somewhat disapprove
6% Strongly disapprove
3% Not sure

3* 2010 Arkansas Senate Race

Kim Hendren (R)

46%

Blanche Lincoln (D)

39%

Some other candidate

6%

Not sure

9%

Gilbert Baker (R)

47%

Blanche Lincoln (D)

41%

Some other candidate

6%

Not sure

7%

Curtis Coleman (R)

44%

Blanche Lincoln (D)

40%

Some other candidate

7%

Not sure

9%

Tom Cox (R)

43%

Blanche Lincoln (D)

40%

Some other candidate

7%

Not sure

10%

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

Candidate for the AR Senate Race

Very Favorable

Somewhat Favorable

Somewhat Unfavorable

Very Unfavorable

Not sure

Hendren

9%

32%

16%

3%

39%

Lincoln

19%

24%

16%

36%

5%

Baker

8%

32%

14%

5%

41%

Coleman

8%

29%

18%

4%

42%

Cox

10%

31%

14%

5%

40%

5* Generally speaking, do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and the congressional Democrats?

18% Strongly favor
14% Somewhat favor

9% Somewhat oppose

56% Strongly oppose
3% Not sure

6* Is the health care reform legislation being considered by Congress likely to increase the deficit, reduce the deficit, or have no impact on the deficit?

74% Increase the deficit

13% Reduce the deficit

7% Have no impact on the deficit

7% Not sure

7*To cover the cost of health care reform, how likely is it that taxes will have to be raised on the middle class?

67% Very likely
16% Somewhat likely
9% Not very likely
3% Not at all likely
5% Not sure

8* Would you favor or oppose the creation of a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option that people could choose instead of a private health insurance plan?

36% Favor
47% Oppose
18% Not sure

9* Suppose that the creation of a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option encouraged companies to drop private health insurance coverage for their workers. Workers would then be covered by the government option. Would you favor or oppose the creation of a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option if it encouraged companies to drop private health insurance coverage for their workers?


17% Favor
71% Oppose
12% Not sure

10* Some people say that we need to send more troops to Afghanistan, others say we need to begin reducing the number of troops we have in Afghanistan. Which approach do you prefer?

51% Send more troops

34% Reduce number of troops

3% No change

11% Not sure

11* What would create more jobs—spending all of the stimulus money that has been authorized or canceling the rest of the stimulus spending?

26% Spending all of the stimulus money that has been authorized
56% Canceling the rest of the stimulus spending
18% Not sure

12* What is a better way to create jobs and fight unemployment—more government stimulus spending or more tax cuts?

13% More government stimulus spending
71% More tax cuts
15% Not sure

13* Should elected officials have the power to reduce the sentences of convicted felons?

13% Yes
70% No
16% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence