By Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World

The most hotly debated of the 11 state questions on Tuesday’s statewide ballot appears headed for defeat, according to the latest Oklahoma Poll.

State Question 744, which would require an annual funding increase of as much as $1.7 billion for common education, was opposed by two-thirds of those surveyed last week by SoonerPoll.com.

Just three months ago, in July, the results were exactly the opposite – two-thirds of those surveyed supported the measure.

“To go from 60 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of Democrats supporting it to (this) is remarkable,” said SoonerPoll.com President Bill Shapard.

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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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