Will Rogers famously said he never met a man he didn’t like, which may explain why men — and women — are still partial to ol’ Will after all these years.

The great humorist never really lived in the state of Oklahoma — he was born in the Cherokee Nation and by 1907 was a regular on the vaudeville circuit — but he remains, far and away, Oklahomans’ favorite son.

Almost 60 percent of the 752 people surveyed April 27-30 for the Oklahoma Poll named Rogers as their “favorite Oklahoman of all time.” Athlete Jim Thorpe was a very distant second at 9 percent.

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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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