Proposal faces difficult future, poll indicates

Already hit by rising gasoline prices this year, Oklahomans aren’t in the mood for a fuel tax increase.

A statewide Oklahoma Poll shows that supporters of an increase have their work cut out for them before Oklahomans vote up or down on the tax increase issue Sept. 13.

Voters will decide the fate of State Question 723, which would gradually increase the gasoline tax by 5 cents and the diesel tax by 8 cents, bringing both to 22 cents per gallon within four years to get extra funds for roads and bridges.

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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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