By Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World


Photo illustration by ETHAN ERICKSON / Tulsa World

Approval ratings for Oklahoma’s two U.S. senators are at an all-time high despite apparent confusion about the two men’s policies, the latest Oklahoma Poll indicates.

Sixty-four percent of those surveyed Oct. 18-23 said they approve of the job done by senior Sen. Jim Inhofe, while 70 percent gave junior Sen. Tom Coburn a passing grade.

But slightly more respondents identified Coburn as more effective in bringing federal dollars to Oklahoma – an impression at odds with the two Republican senators’ policies.

Coburn opposes federal earmarks and refuses to request them, while Inhofe actively pursues federal appropriations for highways, military installations, water projects and other programs.

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