Two months of highly charged campaigning have hardly budged public opinion about Tuesday’s Tulsa mayoral election, the Oklahoma Poll has found.

The survey of 687 likely voters, taken Oct. 31 to Nov. 5, shows Republican Dewey Bartlett Jr. leading Democrat Tom Adelson 40 percent to 32 percent — an 8-point spread — with independent Mark Perkins at 14 percent.

A similar survey taken just before the city primary in September gave Bartlett a 10-point lead in a head-to-head matchup. That survey did not include Perkins or fellow independent Larry Kirkpatrick.

In the only other citywide race, incumbent City Auditor Phil Wood, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Preston Doerflinger were virtually even, with nearly one-fourth of those surveyed indicating no preference.

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Bill is the founder of 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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