PPP's newest Arkansas poll finds that Mike Beebe has the best approval numbers of any Governor in the country that we have looked at in the last two years. 60% of voters overall approve of him to just 23% who disapprove. He's overwhelmingly popular with both Democrats (79/9) and independents (58/21) and is even narrowly approved of by Republicans (41/39).
John Boozman meanwhile is one of the lowest profile Senators in the country. A plurality of voters in the state- 38%- have no opinion about him one way or the other. 34% approve of him to 28% who disapprove. Boozman's big victory in 2010 was really a reflection on voters disliking Blanche Lincoln more than anything else, and it doesn't appear that Boozman has made much of an impression in his own right.
In a hypothetical 2016 Senate contest, Beebe leads Boozman 46-40. Of course given how close that is despite how overwhelmingly popular Beebe is and how anonymous Boozman is, that suggests about the only way this seat could be competitive in 2016 is if Beebe does run. But it does give another data point showing the extent to which 2014 is not 2010 in Arkansas- in January of 2010 we tested this same hypothetical Beebe/Boozman match up, before Boozman had even entered the Senate race, and found Boozman leading Beebe 44/43.
Arkansas is a rare state that is relatively enthusiastic about the prospect of having a native son jump into the 2016 Presidential race. 42% of voters in the state want Mike Huckabee to seek the White House to 45% who think he should sit it out. Although not quite a plurality in favor of him running it's the best we've seen for any potential GOP contender yet this cycle in their home state. 33% of Republicans in the state say Huckabee would be their top choice for the nomination to 12% for Ted Cruz, 10% for Jeb Bush, 8% for Chris Christie, 7% for Rand Paul, 6% for Scott Walker, 5% for Bobby Jindal, 4% for Marco Rubio, and 3% for Paul Ryan. Huckabee is particularly strong with women and seniors.