Most Tulsans polled favor the proposal to hire more police.

Nearly three-quarters of Tulsa voters think the city should take a $3.5 million federal grant up for discussion Tuesday by a City Council committee that will make a recommendation to the full council.

Apparently driven by public safety concerns and optimism about Tulsa’s long-term growth, 73 percent of the 405 likely voters surveyed Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 said Tulsa should take the grant, which would pay the salaries of 18 additional officers for three years.

The poll question included an explanation that the city would have to pay the additional officers’ salaries after the third year and pay up front to train and equip them.

“I don’t think we should leave money on the table,” said Dan Curran. “We need to add officers. I understand we have to come up with funding for salaries once the grant runs out, but four years from now I believe the economy will be better.”

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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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