Recently, Talk Business & Politics released poll results that indicate likely voters in Arkansas generally do not think state law should be changed to make abortion more accessible.
Arkansas law generally prohibits abortion except to save the life of the mother.
Talk Business & Politics asked 835 likely voters if they thought the law should be changed.
After analyzing the poll numbers Talk Business & Politics released, Family Council estimates:
- 43% of Arkansans that Talk Business & Politics surveyed support the current abortion law.
- 1.6% actually think it should be harder to get an abortion in Arkansas.
- 46.5% believes it should be easier to get an abortion.
- 9% of those surveyed do not know where they stand on the issue.
Here is how Family Council arrived at this conclusion:
Talk Business surveyed Arkansans on abortion by asking them the following questions:
Q. Currently abortions are illegal in Arkansas except in cases necessary to save the life of the mother. Do you support these current restrictions on abortion or do you believe that Arkansas law should be changed?
43% Support current law
50.5% Should be changed
6.5% Don’t Know
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For those who thought the law should be changed, they were asked the additional question:
Q. Thinking more about changing the current abortion law, in your opinion should it be changed to make it easier or harder to get an abortion?
5% Don’t Know
Using these numbers, we can estimate that out of 835 Arkansans surveyed, 359 (43%) said they support the law as it is, while 422 (50.5%) said the law should be changed somehow.
Ninety-two percent of those 422 respondents said the law should be changed to make it easier to have an abortion; that’s approximately 388 people.
Three percent said it should be harder to have an abortion; that’s approximately 13 people.
So out of 835 likely Arkansas voters, 359 support the state’s abortion ban as it is; 13 want the ban strengthened; 388 want it weakened; and 75 don’t know.
Talk Business noted that the margin of error on its survey is +/- 3.8%, and that the poll is slightly weighted to account for demographics such as age, ethnicity, education, and gender.
With that in mind, the numbers that Talk Business & Politics published seem to indicate that pro-life and pro-choice Arkansans are in a statistical tie right now over the state’s abortion laws.
The most consistent and compelling poll numbers on abortion in Arkansas have come from the University of Arkansas year after year.
The Arkansas Poll released each November consistently shows that the vast majority of Arkansans believe abortion should be either completely illegal — without exception — or legal only under certain circumstances.
Life is a human right. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has reversed Roe v. Wade, Arkansas is protecting the right to life and supporting women with unplanned pregnancies.
Family Council looks forward to continuing to work with Arkansans to protect women and children from abortion.
LifeNews Note: Jerry Cox is the president of the Arkansas Family Council.