The latest SoonerPoll found that a majority of Oklahomans believe that Miss Oklahoma lost the Miss USA pageant because of her controversial answer concerning immigration.

The Poll shows that 55.3 percent of Oklahomans believe she lost because of her views, while 27.6 percent remain neutral on the issue.

SoonerPoll also asked whether they thought Miss USA contestants should be asked questions regarding controversial political issues, and found that 56 percent of Oklahomans think they should not., Oklahoma’s Public Opinion Pollster, commissioned and conducted the scientific study using live interviewers by telephone of 503 likely voters from May 25 – June 8, 2010. The study has a margin of error of ± 4.4 percent.

The controversy began when when Miss Oklahoma, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, placed first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant after responding to a question addressing Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

Woolard was asked if the Arizona law, which requires police to verify a person’s immigration status if there’s “reasonable suspicion” that the person is in the country illegally, should be mandated by the state or federal government.

Woolard replied, “I’m a huge believer in states’ rights. I think that’s what’s so wonderful about America, so I think it’s perfectly fine for Arizona to create that law.”

Outcries that Woolard lost because of her answer have created debate about how these questions should be judged and whether such questions should even be part of the competition.

“When you are asked a question during a contest you should answer it honestly,” Oklahoma respondent Virgil George said. “The honesty of the answer is what you should be judged upon, not the answer itself.”

Respondent Maxine Koppe said that she doesn’t think that qualified judges would make their decision based on political beliefs and thinks that the controversial questions have a place in the competition.

“They should be asked hard political questions but not personal questions,” Koppe said. “Since they are competing for a scholarship they should be expected to know about the issues, but they should not have to give their personal opinion.”

Respondent Mary Hall disagrees, “I don’t think that the girls should be asked about controversial questions, it puts them on the spot, especially if they are from a conservative state like Oklahoma.”


  1. Personal opinion is that she is close. It should have been the federal government that should have much more strict regulations on immigration laws and penalties. Instead of giving what little our economy has to support the people who sneak in and don’t pay taxes! that was one of the ideas from our president,,, great call and first step to economic falter. What did we, (sorry everyone the picked these figureheads), vote into office in the name of change? then the next step is to kill our military by taking away our veterans benefits. Will troops that lay it all on the line not even get respect for their devotion to their home land and it’s people? Is this what progress means what was the general public idea that led us down this path? was the entire population blinded by the words CHANGE and PROGRESS? My [opinion] is the the leaders of this country need to think about the people a bit more and themselves a lot less! I’m not concerned with what people think of my opinion because if you don’t read and think for yourself, you may never be more than (sheeple)!!! a word that best describes those who fallow just to be part of something. I prefer to remain of myself and remember what this country was founded on and freedoms we are supposed to have according to the constitution!!! Still my opinions are my own and i care not if the people do not agree. After all some are to afraid to speak out against the masses. Not me!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. It seems appropriate to be judged on what you think… your opinion. In this case it shows that a lack of understanding of Federal law makes you ignorant to the legality of SB 1070. In turn for her ignorance she lost points. It seems pretty straight-forward to me.

  3. To ask ABOUT a controversial topic is an acceptable way to find out if a contestant is well-informed on issues of the day. However what the pageant judges did was to ask Miss Oklahoma’s OPINION on a controversial issue. The ONLY reason for doing such a thing is to enable the judge to apply a political litmus test, so that only candidates sharing the political or social orientation of the question’s framers get the crown. This is CLEARLY illegitimate, and represents fixing the contest in a biased fashion, no less discriminatory than saying “No Conservatives”, or “No Christians”, or “No Heterosexuals”. It is fraudulent for a contest to pretend to be open to all if it’s really only open to Liberals, or Green Party Members, or Gays, etc. I would certainly not wish to patronize promoters or advertisers of such a rigged pageant.

  4. The simple fact of the matter is that Conservative views are ugly. They are often hateful, racist, and uncaring.

  5. back in the olden days, the prettiest girl won the pageant. That was it. You kids and your politically loaded pageant questions can just GET OFF MY LAWN.


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