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By BILL SHERMAN World Religion Writer

Tensions have increased this year between Islam, the fastest-growing religion on the planet, now embraced by a quarter of mankind, and Oklahoma’s largely Christian population.

The rise of the violently anti-Christian Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, anti-Muslim forums around the state by an Oklahoma lawmaker and a beheading in Moore all have contributed to what some Tulsa Muslims say is the worst environment they have faced.

A Sooner Poll conducted last month shows that a majority of Oklahomans have a negative impression of Islam, and a Pew pollin September shows 50 percent of Americans believe Islam is more likely than other religions to inspire violence, a sharp increase since February, when 38 percent thought so.

“We didn’t feel threatened this much after 9/11,” said Omer Akdeniz, a Turkish Muslim businessman in Broken Arrow who has been in the United States for 15 years.

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MuslimPollBy RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer

Oklahoma is not exactly known as friendly territory for Islam, but residents say Muslims should have the freedom to worship as they choose.

In the most recent Oklahoma Poll, almost 80 percent said Muslims should enjoy the same religious freedoms as other Americans, and only 15 percent disagreed.

The poll, which surveyed 404 likely voters statewide, also found that more than half — 54 percent — viewed Islam unfavorably, and 35 percent were very unfavorably disposed toward it. Those percentages rose above 60 percent for Republicans and those who identified themselves as “very conservative,” and among married women.

Knowing a Muslim did not improve opinions of the religion. If anything, those who said they knew at least one Muslim were less likely to approve of Islam.

And yet, despite their disapproval, Oklahomans are accepting of Muslims in their midst.

“If you read the Constitution, the Constitution plainly mentions any person can worship freely, no matter whether they are Muslim, Catholic, Buddhist, whatever,” said Jerry Lane of Muskogee.

Continued – Click here to read the entire Tulsa World article

 

About the Oklahoma Poll

The poll of 404 likely voters registered in Oklahoma was conducted Oct. 25-29 by SoonerPoll.com and included 136 cellphone and 268 landline users. The poll was sponsored by the Tulsa World. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.87 percentage points.

Poll results were weighted by age, gender and congressional district, stratified by Oklahoma likely voters statewide. This poll conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. A complete description of the methodology can be found here.

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2014-11-16 ne-polla1graphicBy RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer

Only one-third of Oklahomans believe the state’s A-F school grading system accurately reflects their own public schools’ performance.

The latest Oklahoma Poll, which surveyed 404 likely voters statewide, found consistent responses to the question of whether the grades assigned local schools “accurately reflect the quality of education in these schools.” By a ratio of 2-to-1, Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, all said no.

Geography provided one notable exception to the pattern. Fully two-thirds of Tulsa-area respondents panned the A-F grades, compared to just about half in the rest of the state.

Paula Haight, a retired Tulsa Public Schools teacher who participated in the survey, said, “We have to have some way of accountability, however the A-F system does not reflect … the influence teachers have on students.”

Introduced three years ago, the A-F system assigns a single letter grade to every school in the state based on several factors. Critics say the formula is unfair and perhaps even intentionally biased to make public schools look bad.

This year, scores from several tests that are components of the formula were excluded, adding to questions about A-F’s validity.

Continued – Click here to read the entire Tulsa World article

 

About the Oklahoma Poll

The poll of 404 likely voters registered in Oklahoma was conducted Oct. 25-29 by SoonerPoll.com and included 136 cellphone and 268 landline users. The poll was sponsored by the Tulsa World. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.87 percentage points.

Poll results were weighted by age, gender and congressional district, stratified by Oklahoma likely voters statewide. This poll conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. A complete description of the methodology can be found here.

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Same-sexTWMore than half of respondents to the survey oppose.

By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer

Same-sex marriage may be more acceptable to Oklahomans than it was a decade ago, but the most recent Oklahoma Poll indicates that a large majority still rejects it.

More than half the 404 likely voters surveyed said they “strongly oppose” same-sex marriage despite recent court decisions that have made it legal in Oklahoma. Another 10 percent said they “somewhat oppose” it.

Just under 30 percent said they support marriage equality, with 9 percent undecided.

“We’re getting where a small group of people are wanting to run things their way above the other people,” said Jerry Lane of Muskogee. “What about the rights of the other people who live in this country? After we voted (against same-sex marriage) in 2004, it was all struck down by a minority of people.

“It’s federal government intrusion. If you look back in history, federal government wouldn’t hardly interfere with states, but now they are.”

In 2004, Oklahomans voted more than 3 to 1 in favor of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Continued – Click here to read the entire Tulsa World article

 

About the Oklahoma Poll

The poll of 404 likely voters registered in Oklahoma was conducted Oct. 25-29 by SoonerPoll.com and included 136 cellphone and 268 landline users. The poll was sponsored by the Tulsa World. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.87 percentage points.

Poll results were weighted by age, gender and congressional district, stratified by Oklahoma likely voters statewide. This poll conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. A complete description of the methodology can be found here.

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TW_pressingproblemBy RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer

Education may not have been the deciding issue for Oklahoma voters in Tuesday’s election, but it certainly was a big one.

In a survey conducted Oct. 25-29 by SoonerPoll, nearly one-third of those responding said education is the state’s most pressing problem.

While education has usually ranked among the top three responses in the 21 years the Oklahoma Poll has asked the question, its 31.2 percent share this time was the highest since early 2003.

“It kind of gets put on the back burner,” said poll participant Heather Williams of Inola. “I don’t think it is a priority to be at the top. That’s why (college graduates) with teaching certificates are moving to other states.

And I’m disheartened to see a lot of older teachers still teaching because they have to.”

Second on the most-pressing problem list was jobs and the economy, at 22 percent, followed by political leadership at 16 percent.

Continued – Click here to read the entire Tulsa World article

 

About the Oklahoma Poll

The poll of 404 likely voters registered in Oklahoma was conducted Oct. 25-29 by SoonerPoll.com and included 136 cellphone and 268 landline users. The poll was sponsored by the Tulsa World. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.87 percentage points.

Poll results were weighted by age, gender and congressional district, stratified by Oklahoma likely voters statewide. This poll conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. A complete description of the methodology can be found here.

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TESS MAUNE, NEWS ON 6

…Recently we asked Oklahomans what they think about Ebola and nearly 50 percent said they are not happy with the way the government is handling the threat.

In our new exclusive News On 6 poll, we asked, “Do you agree or disagree with how the government has responded to the introduction of the Ebola virus on American soil?”

Of the 949 adults we surveyed, only 12 percent strongly agree and 25 percent somewhat agree with how the government has reacted.

That compares to 15 percent who somewhat disagree and 31 percent who strongly disagree with the federal response.

The rest didn’t have an opinion.

More than twice as many Republicans as Democrats strongly disagree with the government’s approach, 41 percent to 19 percent.

And 36 percent of Independents are not happy with the government’s Ebola response efforts.

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TWFinalGovernorBy RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer

Gov. Mary Fallin leads Democratic challenger Joe Dorman by 11 percentage points as Tuesday’s voting deadline nears, and the contest for state superintendent of schools remains neck and neck, according to the latest Oklahoma Poll.

The telephone survey of 404 likely voters was conducted Oct. 25-29 by SoonerPoll, and has a 4.87 percent margin of error.

Just under 50 percent of those surveyed say they intend to vote for Fallin on Tuesday, compared to just under 40 percent who said they’ll vote for Dorman.

Two independents received less than 3 percent, and 9 percent were undecided.

In the superintendent’s race, Republican Joy Hofmeister was at 43 percent and Democrat John Cox at 40 percent, with a substantial 17 percent undecided.

Republicans Jim Inhofe and James Lankford had substantial leads in their U.S. Senate races.

Who turns out to vote in what has been a relatively low-key election will probably make a big difference in the results, said SoonerPoll President Bill Shapard.

“All of this depends on just how depressed Democrats are,” said Shapard. “If they don’t turn out, Republicans will win by even more.”

Shapard acknowledged that dissatisfaction with Fallin and an unusual interest in the state superintendent’s race could, in fact, turn that aphorism on its head.

But, he said, national trends and voter history in Oklahoma indicates Republicans are more likely to vote than Democrats.

Continued – Click here to read the entire Tulsa World article

 

About the Oklahoma Poll

The poll of 404 likely voters registered in Oklahoma was conducted Oct. 25-29 by SoonerPoll.com and included 136 cellphone and 268 landline users. The poll was sponsored by the Tulsa World. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.87 percentage points.

Poll results were weighted by age, gender and congressional district, stratified by Oklahoma likely voters statewide. This poll conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. A complete description of the methodology can be found here.

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BY NEWS9.COM

OKLAHOMA CITY -New poll results show which candidate Oklahoma City voters favor for Congress in the 5th District.

Our final pre-election poll shows Republican Steve Russell in the lead with 55 percent of the votes while Democrat Al McAffrey trails with 31 percent. 11 percent are still undecided.

In our September poll there was only a 12-point gap between Russell and McAffrey. But that gap doubled over the last month with Russell now leading by 24 points.

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