After contentious session, state legislature sees high negative numbers

Controversial topics drowned out the typical bread-and-butter business of the legislative session, and that played out in public opinion.

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll of 535 Arkansas voters finds the 93rd General Assembly with only a 32% approval rating, while 45% disapproved of its actions.

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the job the Arkansas legislature is doing?

32%   Approve
45%   Disapprove
23%  Don’t Know

The legislature’s negative job approval rating and the intraparty, intra-branch fighting that played out in the recent session may also be a factor in a lower job approval rating from Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who still remains in positive territory.

“We’ve seen the state legislature’s approval struggle in recent years as politics in general have gotten more nationalized and partisan,” said Roby Brock, Talk Business & Politics Editor-in-Chief. “The underlying question here is: do Arkansans disapprove of…

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