Oklahoma City – A recent SoonerPoll shows most Oklahomans say they want tougher smoke free laws that protect them from the dangers of secondhand smoke. Results show that 71 percent of Oklahomans favor eliminating all indoor smoking in public places, with 56% of respondents saying that they strongly favor a statewide smoke free law.

SoonerPoll.com, Oklahoma’s public opinion pollster, conducted the scientific study using live interviewers by telephone of 1000 likely voters from Feb. 25 – March 8. This particular question was commissioned by the Oklahoma Smoke Free Coalition. The study has a margin of error of ± 3.1 percent.

To see complete charts and figures pertaining to this poll, click here

Secondhand smoke has proven to increase risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, asthma, and many respiratory illnesses. 29 other states have adopted comprehensive smoking laws and taken steps to protect their workers from the dangers of secondhand smoke. Smoke Free Oklahoma is working with lawmakers to make Oklahoma the 30th state to adopt a similar law.

Results show an overwhelming majority, 94% of Oklahoma voters believe secondhand smoke is a health hazard, with 62.4% believing it is a serious health hazard.

With that in mind, 70.1 percent of Oklahoma voters strongly believe the customers and employees right to breathe clean air in restaurants and bars is more important than the rights of smokers to smoke inside and owners to allow smoking inside restaurants and bars.

The results show that implementation of smoke free laws would not adversely affect commerce, 73.6 percent of Oklahomans and 71.6 percent of smokers will still go out to bars and restaurants as often if smoke free legislation is passed. Nearly 20 percent of respondents said they would go out more often if smoke free legislation were passed.

“As you can see from the polling, Oklahomans know the dangers of second hand smoke and are ready to make Oklahoma a healthier state by making it the 30th state to go smoke free,” Marilyn Davidson, Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association, said.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Why is it the actual questions used to get the data are never shown?
    Most of these polls are bought & paid for by those whose jobs are dependent on shoving their agenda off on the community.

    • Small Business Owner,

      The actual questions and how those polled responded are all listed in the presentation provided above.

      Look for the link above where it says “To see complete charts and figures pertaining to this poll, click here”

      Thanks for commenting I hope that helps,

      Wesley

      • I tried the link. It doesn’t work. Makes me wonder why. Are the questions biased. I can’t remember when I ever saw a Poll that didn’t support the reason for the Poll. I know one lady, when she was asked for an answer and it wasn’t the one they wanted, the questioner just hung up. Looks like it only takes one wrong answer to get hung up on.

        • Virgil,

          The link provided seems to be working. The link is to a PDF file so you would need to have Adobe reader installed on your computer, that is the only thing I can think to tell you.

          Hope that helps, and sorry it is giving you trouble,

          Wesley Burt

  2. Please tell us who paid for this survey and if you wouldpost a lin to the contract that told you what was wanted in the poll/ I bet you won’t! Oh gee 1000 now for years the ACS was contant on calling 600 of their employess or anti smoking cartel members.

    • Billy,

      As it says above, this particular question was commissioned by the Oklahoma Smoke Free Coalition. The question was paid for by another organization, however, SoonerPoll is not paid based upon the outcome of the results it provides. SoonerPoll is a data collection firm that uses scientific samples to accurately discern public opinion and is paid for its services, no matter the outcome of the poll.

      SoonerPoll does not align with any political party or particular cause. SoonerPoll holds to the highest standards and code of ethics in the industry as outlined by professional organizations like the American Association of Public Opinion Research.

      As mentioned above SoonerPoll conducted the scientific study using live interviewers by telephone of 1000 likely voters from Feb. 25 – March 8. This particular question was commissioned by the Oklahoma Smoke Free Coalition. The study has a margin of error of ± 3.1 percent.

      For more information about how SoonerPoll develops its scientific polls or the standards and ethics it follows please read over the information found in the methodology drop down menu at the top of this page.

      We at SoonerPoll have nothing to gain and everything to lose by tampering with results.

      I hope that helps clear up the polling process,

      Thank and have a great day,

      Wesley Burt
      SoonerPoll

      • One thing Tobacco Control has in it’s favor is, Smokers are now only 20.4% of the population. It wouldn’t take much to get a favorable Poll. People are much too willing to put a tax or ban on someone else since they won’t loose anything themselves.

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