Poll: Plurality of Republican voters think gun regulation about right

44 percent of Republican voters in Arkansas think there should be no changes to existing gun laws, according to a new Talk Business and Politics/Hendrix College survey. (Photo: MGN)

Only 18 percent of Republican voters in Arkansas favor heavier regulation of guns, 35 percent favor fewer regulations, and a plurality of 44 percent think there should be no changes to existing gun laws. That’s a key finding from the most recent Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey of likely GOP primary voters.

The latest poll also tested Republican voter attitudes on tax cut philosophy and abortion.

“There aren’t any huge surprises in this latest round of polling, but there is confirmation for the direction of public policy on these major issues for Republican candidates to consider as they head into the May 22nd primaries and beyond,” said Roby Brock, Talk Business & Politics Editor-in-Chief.

"With supermajorities in the legislature and dominance in statewide office, it's important to understand how Republican core voters approach issues. It will influence Republican officeholders," he added.

Respondents in the latest poll were chosen from a random sample of Arkansas GOP primary voters who voted in at least two of the last three primary elections and who indicated their likelihood to vote this year. Voters were asked:

Q: Would you say that policymakers should make gun laws more regulated, less regulated, or make no changes?

18% More Regulated

35% Less Regulated

44% No Changes

3% Don't Know

Q: Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?

10% Legal in all cases

15% Legal in most cases

48% Illegal in most cases

24.5% Illegal in all cases

2.5% Don’t Know

Q: On taxes, should legislators cut taxes first, then balance the budget or should they fund state government first, then cut taxes?

53% Cut taxes first, balance the budget second

34% Fund services first, cut taxes second

13% Don't Know

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