By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer

Osama bin Laden’s name may have been synonymous with terrorism and the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but Oklahomans seem to have considered him almost irrelevant by the time of his death earlier this year.

Sixty-two percent of those surveyed in late July and early August by SoonerPoll.com said bin Laden’s death made no difference in protecting the nation from terrorism.

“I don’t feel that killing him made any difference either way,” said Arthur Conkright of Checotah.

“I don’t think it benefited us and don’t think it benefited them.”

Only 22 percent said bin Laden’s death made the country safer from terrorism, while 14 percent said they feared it made the country less safe.

That is in contrast to both a national poll conducted in early May, shortly after bin Laden’s death, and a 2006 SoonerPoll.com survey.

In 2006, more than three-quarters of 1,060 Oklahomans who were surveyed statewide said killing or capturing bin Laden was very or somewhat important in the war on terror.

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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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