The 16th annual Arkansas Poll released Thursday found an electorate more pessimistic about the direction of Arkansas and more optimistic about their personal future. Likely voters prefer Republican candidates, although a record significant gap divides male and female voters.
Among very likely voters, Tom Cotton, the Republican candidate, maintains a significant lead over Democrat incumbent Mark Pryor, at 49 percent to 36 percent in the race for U.S. Senate. That gap widens significantly among men, with 57 percent of very likely voters favoring Cotton versus 36 percent for Pryor.
On the other hand, women showed no clear preference, with both Cotton and Pryor at 42 percent. Thus, the gender gap, which is calculated as the difference between the male and female vote for the leading candidate,... [ MORE ]