FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Little Rock, AR — On Tuesday the University of Arkansas released its annual Arkansas Poll. Among other things, the poll indicated Arkansans’ views regarding same-sex marriage have not changed in the past year, and the overwhelming majority oppose abortion in all or most cases.
Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement saying, “This poll shows Arkansans still support traditional marriage and are deeply pro-life. Fifty-seven percent of those surveyed said same-sex marriage should not be recognized. That’s on par with past polls. Arkansans still believe marriage ought to be the union of one man and one woman, and these poll numbers reflect that fact.”
Cox said the poll shows Arkansans soundly reject the idea of abortion on demand. “According to the poll, eighteen percent said abortion ought to be illegal under all circumstances, and sixty-one percent said it ought to be legal only under certain circumstances. In other words, seventy-nine percent of Arkansans believe abortion ought to be completely illegal or legal only in a few cases. When you look specifically at likely voters, those numbers jump up to eighty-one percent. Arkansans overwhelmingly reject abortion, and Arkansas’ lawmakers have passed a lot of legislation protecting the lives of unborn children in recent years. I believe that is one reason abortion in Arkansas has fallen to the lowest levels since the 1970s, and abortion among teenagers is near an all-time low.”
Cox called the poll’s findings good news, saying, “Most Arkansans support traditional marriage, and they want to see unborn children protected. Those are things Family Council is committed to. We look forward to continuing that work in the future.”
Family Council is a conservative education and research organization based in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.