Respondents want teacher salaries raised to the regional average.

Most Oklahoma voters want teacher salaries brought up to the regional average and are willing to forgo state income tax cuts to pay for it, according to the most recent Oklahoma Poll.

Fifty-four percent of the 757 likely voters surveyed Jan. 27-30 said they preferred bringing educators’ salaries up to the average instead of implementing a merit pay system or doing nothing.

Fifty-seven percent said they would rather see teacher pay increased than a cut in state income tax rates.

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