by Clifton Adcock

Public opinion is split about the location for the new convention center, the most expensive MAPS 3 project, although proximity to Bricktown is key.

A recent poll of likely Oklahoma City voters shows a majority of those surveyed do not support the city owning a hotel that would adjoin the future MAPS 3 convention center.

While likely voters are split about the MAPS 3 convention center’s location, it is important that the site be near Bricktown, according to the poll.

The survey of 303 registered Oklahoma City voters was conducted by SoonerPoll.com and sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette. The poll, conducted by live interviewers via telephone from Dec. 27 to Dec. 29, has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.26 percent.

The poll found that 65.3 percent of respondents are opposed to a city-owned hotel, which would adjoin the future downtown convention center. The poll shows 23.4 percent are in favor of city ownership and 11.2 percent did not respond or did not have an opinion.

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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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