Via KARK, a new poll released by Public Policy Polling shows Frank Scott with a 5-point lead over Baker Kurrus in the race for Little Rock mayor — within the margin of error in the poll, which KARK reports as “effectively tied” (that’s all according to KARK’s summary, which seems to be spun somewhat in Kurrus’s
*** UPDATE: A number of critics of KARK’s report have pointed out that the story’s lone talking head offering analysis of the poll, Chris Burks, is a strong backer of Baker Kurrus; that the poll’s full questions, results, demographics, methodology and statistical information have not been publicly released; that no information has been provided regarding who commissioned the poll (KARK did not commission it and has stated it was received from a confidential source, and the Kurrus campaign also says they did not commission it); and that even if Scott’s lead is in fact within the margin of error, that does not necessarily mean that the race is “effectively tied.” ***
*** UPDATE 2: KARK has now significantly revised its story — and presented information that suggests that this was a “push poll” with questions geared in
*** UPDATE 3: It was Burks who commissioned the poll. He provided a copy of the full results to the Arkansas Times, which we have published in this post. Burks and PPP vehemently object to any characterization of their questions as a “push poll.” See this post for details.***
Scott was the top
The PPP poll surveyed 685 voters — 43
One interesting finding, according to KARK: Voters who backed Sabin appear to be breaking for Kurrus. The poll found that 45
More from KARK:
Half the voters polled said crime is the most important issue to them, while 20 percent identified restoring local control to the Little Rock School District as the most important. Raising wages of city employees, stopping the I-630 and I-30 bridge widening, and protecting marriage equality and adding LGBT protections to city law all received less than 10 percent of support, while the remaining 10 percent was not sure.
The poll shows Scott receives more support from African American and younger voters, while Kurrus’ base includes a mix of Democratic, Republican and Independent voters, as well as older voters.