BY BRIAN BARBER World Staff Writer

An overwhelming number of Tulsans are ready to support an extension of the Fix Our Streets tax program, a new Tulsa World poll shows.

An Oklahoma Poll of 311 likely city voters, conducted Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, indicates a renewal of the streets initiative has 74 percent support, with 14 percent opposed and 12 percent uncertain.

The margin of error is plus or minus 5.56 percentage points.’s Bill Shapard said it’s obvious residents see the continuation of Fix Our Streets as a solution to the city’s street woes or it wouldn’t have garnered such high support.

“People want to see their streets repaired,” he said. “They would rather put up with construction and orange barrels than drive into potholes.”

Shapard noted that those polled also were asked about the city’s most pressing problems, with streets topping the list, followed by education and the economy.

City leaders are eyeing a possible fall 2013 vote for the Fix Our Streets extension.

Mary Braswell, one of the poll participants, said she’s ready to say yes at the ballot box to keep it going.

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About the Oklahoma Poll

The poll of 311 likely voters was conducted by, using a random digit dialing technique that included both cellphone and landline telephone numbers.

Interviewers collected the data Oct. 25-Nov. 1. Results were weighted by gender and phone status (cellphone only/landline only/both). The poll was sponsored by the Tulsa World.

The margin of error is plus or minus 5.56 percentage points. This poll conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. A complete description of the methodology can be found here.

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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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