QuikTrip clerk Tommy Hess stocks beer in the cooler of the 15th Street and Denver Avenue store in Tulsa on Thursday. Photo by CHRISTOPHER SMITH/ Tulsa World

Story by Randy Krehbiel World Staff Writer.

Oklahomans are not exactly tipsy over the prospects of wine and strong beer sales in grocery and convenience stores, the latest Oklahoma Poll has found.

Fifty-eight percent of the 520 likely voters surveyed in early January by SoonerPoll.com said they opposed a proposal to make wine and beer with alcohol content in excess of 3.2 percent more readily available.

“It’s a bad idea,” said poll respondent Jeff Molina of Sapulpa. “It’ll make (alcohol) too accessible. I used to work at a grocery store when I was younger, and I know if you have (alcohol) there, it’ll be a problem.”

The results are encouraging to people like Richard Hartman, owner of Ajax Liquor Emporium, 8125 E. 51st St.

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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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