UCA poll indicates voters would approve lottery, severance tax increase

According to a public opinion survey released Wednesday by the University of Central Arkansas, voters in Arkansas would approve two proposed ballot initiatives that would create a state lottery to fund college scholarships and raise the state severance tax on natural gas production to fund higher education, highway improvements and local governments.

The poll also indicates that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, U.S. Senator John McCain, would defeat Democratic U.S. Sen. Barack Obama in Arkansas (43 percent to 27 percent, with 26 percent