The 20th annual Arkansas Poll is being released today. Designed and analyzed by Janine Parry, professor of political science at the University of Arkansas, the annual poll is one of the oldest public state polls in the country. This year, 1,200 respondents answered questions about climate change, health care and politics.
The latest edition of the Arkansas Poll, the 19th, asks familiar questions of Arkansans and adds a few new queries this year as well. We talk to three people behind the poll about questions regarding Arkansans' state of mind on the economy, LGBTQ civic rights and more.
New research published in the journal Political Behavior finds few people have general knowledge of ballot measures as they go vote. The researchers used data collected in 2014 and 2016 during the annual Arkansas Poll conducted by the University of Arkansas. We speak with political science professor Janine Parry, who is also the director of the Arkansas Poll and one of the authors of the study, to learn more about the research.
Following several special elections in 2019 in Benton County, Fort Smith and Fayetteville, University of Arkansas Political Science Professor Janine Parry discusses why they are vital for municipal and county projects, but often marked by low voter turnout, which is why some say the process is inadequate.
The Arkansas Legislature has proposed an amendment to the state constitution that would change the process by which citizens can propose changes to the Arkansas Constitution. Janine Parry, political science professor at the University of Arkansas and director of the Arkansas Poll, tells us what the proposed changes entail and how those changes could make it more difficult for citizens to get amendments on the ballot.