As a majority of Oklahomans continues to believe that the United States made the right decision in sending armed forces to Iraq, a growing percentage favors sending more troops, a late August Oklahoma Poll shows.

The findings of the Aug. 26-28 survey included a significant change from the Oklahoma Poll taken in June, in which those surveyed statewide leaned decidedly toward withdrawing troops over sending more, said the poll’s consultant, Al Soltow.

In the June poll, 23 percent called for bringing the troops home, and only 14 percent said more troops are needed in Iraq, said Soltow, the director of research at the University of Tulsa.

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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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