By Patrick B. McGuigan, writer at CapitolBeatOK

Results of an August survey by SoonerPoll reveal that majorities of likely Oklahoma voters want lower taxes, even if it means a smaller state government with fewer services. The polling data reveals that a majority also believes state government “wastes a lot” of money.

The SoonerPoll, conducted for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, builds on 2010 results pointing to voters’ beliefs government is too big and needs major overhaul.

The survey company provided CapitolBeatOK results obtained from two questions in a multi-question survey of voter opinion. In response to one query, likely voters preferred smaller government by a 2-1 margin.

For that one, results follow: “I’d rather pay higher taxes to support a larger state government that provides more services.” Only 27.6 percent of respondents agreed with that statement.

In contrast, 58.9 percent agreed with this statement: “I’d rather pay lower taxes and have a smaller state government that provides fewer services.”

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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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