A new St. Louis Post-Dispatch poll focuses on the U.S. Senate race between Jim Talent and Claire McCaskill. But the poll also reveals several interesting factoids about southwest Missouri.
The Research 2000 Missouri Poll interviewed 150 southwest Missourians for its statewide sample of 800. Among the questions, and the Ozarks responses:
•Local lawmaker Mark Wright is in next-to-last place in his bid for auditor, with backing from just 8 percent of southwest Missourians polled.
•McCaskill has support from 36 percent of southwest Missourians. Talent draws support from 53 percent of those polled.
•The Ozarks remains nominally opposed to a stem-cell research initiative -- 44 percent support it, while 51 percent oppose it.
•When it comes to the minimum wage, Ozarkers want more. The poll shows 52 percent of southwest Missourians support a higher minimum wage. Only 29 percent of those polled were opposed to a wage hike.
All the results can be found here. Happy number crunching.