Governor: First Round: Istook tops poll in GOP primary


The latest Oklahoma Poll finds 5th District U.S. Rep Ernest Istook comfortably leading three opponents for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, but an unusually large number of undecided voters could lead to some surprises in the July 25 primary.

A statewide survey of 503 Republicans likely to vote, conducted July 8-11 by Oklahoma City-based for the Tulsa World and KOTV Channel 6, found 36 percent intend to vote for Istook. Ten percent supported Tulsa businessman Bob Sullivan, 6.6 percent backed Jim Evanoff of Mustang and 1.8 percent said they would vote for Tulsa state Sen. James Williamson.

More than 45 percent, though, said they hadn’t decided.

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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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