OKLAHOMA CITY – A new survey released today finds that nearly nine out of ten Oklahomans strongly oppose any law that would allow anyone who is not a medical doctor to perform surgery with a scalpel on patients’ eyes.

A combined 93.4% of Oklahomans oppose non-medical doctors from performing eye surgeries with a scalpel. Of those, an overwhelming 88.4% strongly opposed the idea.

SoonerPoll.com, a public opinion research firm in Oklahoma City, conducted the telephone poll of 502 statewide likely voters last Wednesday and Thursday for Quality Health Care for Citizens Inc. The margin of error for the survey was 4.4%.

Opposition was strong regardless of gender, party affiliation or area of the state.

An overwhelming number of Oklahomans (94%) felt it was very important to them, if they or a family member needed eye surgery, that the eye care specialist performing the surgery was a licensed medical doctor.

On March 10th the Oklahoma Board of Examiners in Optometry approved a rule granting optometrists the authority to perform more than 100 eye surgeries with scalpels and needles. Currently, it is before the state legislature to approve or rejects these rules.

“There are very few issues where so many diverse Oklahomans so strongly agree or disagree on a particular issue,” said Bill Shapard, President of SoonerPoll.com, “but this is certainly one of them.”

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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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