A poll consultant says name recognition plays a big role in the responses to questions about the 2008 campaign.

U.S. Sens. Hillary Clinton and John McCain are the early choices of Oklahoma voters for the 2008 presidential nominations, according to the latest Oklahoma Poll.

Clinton was the preference of 28 percent of 420 Democrats surveyed Jan. 19-21 by SoonerPoll.com — 5 percentage points more than former U.S. Sen. John Edwards. But she faces a big obstacle to winning Oklahoma’s 2008 primary: 35 percent of Democrats said they would not vote for Clinton under any circumstances.

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Bill is the founder of SoonerPoll.com and ShapardResearch, a full service market research firm based in Oklahoma City. Bill began his career in polling after working on a major campaign in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004. Under Bill’s leadership, SoonerPoll has become the leading public opinion polling company in the state of Oklahoma conducting more public opinion polls for Oklahoma news media than all other pollsters combined since 2006. Bill’s commitment to go above and beyond the AAPOR ethical guidelines of minimum disclosure ensures that SoonerPoll produces quality results every time. Bill has lectured at Oklahoma State University on developing polling methodologies, data collection processes, and advanced likely voter sampling techniques. Bill also serves as an on-air political commentator for Oklahoma television stations.

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