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Most against hike in fuel tax

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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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Inhofe rating hits a new high

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U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., has his highest approval rating in the Oklahoma Poll.

The survey, sponsored by the Tulsa World and KOTV-Channel 6, has been in existence since 1993 and began tracking Inhofe’s approval rating in 1996.

Inhofe was elected to the Senate in 1994 after having been elected to the the U.S. House in 1986 following service as Tulsa’s mayor and in the state Legislature.

 Inhofe annually was ranked below former U.S. Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla., until Nickles chose not to seek a fifth 6-year term last year.

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State backs war, Bush

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030325-D-9880W-079 President George W. Bush (right) announces his $74.7 billion wartime supplemental budget request in the Pentagon on March 25, 2003, as Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld (center) and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz look on. Bush visited the Pentagon to meet with the senior defense leadership and to announce the supplemental request which, once appropriated by Congress, will pay for the direct costs of the Iraqi conflict and the global war against terror. DoD photo by R.D. Ward. (Released)


The Oklahoma Poll shows support is higher in the state than in the rest of the nation

Support for President Bush’s war in Iraq is higher in Oklahoma than it is in the rest of the nation, state and national polling shows.

The Oklahoma backing of the White House on the war issue is in part because of the president’s popularity in the state, said Al Soltow, a consultant for the Oklahoma Poll.

The Oklahoma Poll is sponsored by the Tulsa World and KOTV, channel 6.

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Henry winner in voter survey

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In a mock state election, the governor comes out ahead of J.C. Watts and Mary Fallin

Governor Brad Henry has a high approval rating among those who expect to vote in November 2006, including Republicans, a recent survey shows.

An Oklahoma Poll conducted June 23-27 also showed the first-term Democrat leading former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts, a Republican, by a margin of 48.5 percent to 33.9 percent, with about 18 percent undecided in a mock race for governor.

Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin, who said Thursday that she won’t run for governor in 2006, also trailed Henry in the mock race, according to the poll.

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Transportation Bill Has Smooth Ride in Senate

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Transportation Bill Has Smooth Ride in Senate

A transportation measure that will provide millions in much-needed funding for Oklahoma’s roadways and bridges passed the Senate today. House Bill 1218, authored by Rep. Jim Newport, R-Ponca City, and Sen. David Myers, R-Ponca City, will increase funding for the State Highway and Construction Maintenance Fund to $170 million over a five-year period beginning July 1, 2005. The monies will come from growth in car license tag fees.

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Mayor’s doing OK, council low in poll

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Pollster Al Soltow notes the mayor has more support among liberals and moderates than conservatives

Mayor Bill LaFortune has a 60 percent job approval rating while only 33.8 percent of Tulsa voters approve of the City Council’s performance, the latest Oklahoma Poll shows.

When respondents were asked whether they approve or disapprove of the way LaFortune is doing his job, 60 percent said they approve, 29.4 percent disapprove and 10.6 percent didn’t know or refused to answer.

“It’s interesting to note that the mayor has greater support among liberals and moderates than conservatives,” said poll consultant Al Soltow, adding that all groups showed a majority of support.

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Most OK with the Vision’s status.

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Pollsters register that the majority of Tulsans approve of how the Vision 2025 project is progressing.

Most Tulsa residents approve of the status of the $535 million Vision 2025 capital improvements initiative, the latest Oklahoma Poll shows.

When asked how the Vision 2025 process is going, 21.2 percent strongly approve, 33.4 percent somewhat approve, 14.8 percent somewhat disapprove, 22.4 percent strongly disapprove and 8.2 percent didn’t know or refused to answer.

“Those who approve of Vision 2025 are the clear majority,” said poll consultant Al Soltow, the executive director of research at the University of Tulsa.

The Oklahoma Poll, sponsored by the Tulsa World and KOTV, channel 6, surveyed 500 Tulsans who said they intend to vote in the April 5 election and who have a history of voting. The survey, conducted March 18-21 by Oklahoma City-based SoonerPoll.com, has a margin of error of 4.4 percent.

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New survey finds Oklahomans overwhelmingly opposed to non-medical doctors performing eye surgeries.

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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.”

Oklahomans show considerable support for lawsuit reform and road funding, new survey finds.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A new survey released today finds that more than three out of four Oklahomans support significant lawsuit reform in Oklahoma, which includes lowering lawyers’ fees and decreasing the number of lawsuits filed in Oklahoma.

Additionally, 71.1% of Oklahomans support using new growth revenue from the motor vehicle fees and registrations to repair and maintain the state’s roads and bridges.

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

Strong support for lawsuit reform was found among Oklahomans from every congressional district, both men and women, and with Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike.

When asked if, overall, do they believe the number of lawsuits filed against businesses, doctors and hospitals in Oklahoma LOWER or INCREASE the prices Oklahoma’s middle class families have to pay for products, services and medical care, 65.7% believed lawsuits significantly increase prices, with another 21.3% saying somewhat of an increase.

A good majority of Oklahoman’s also believe that without lawsuit reforms, Oklahoma will have a harder time keeping doctors from leaving the state and a harder time attracting businesses and jobs to the state.

“There is obviously support across the state for lawsuit reform this year,” said Bill Shapard, President of SoonerPoll.com. “There is no doubt Oklahomans want these positive reforms during this legislative session from their elected officials.”

Poll favors 5 bond items.

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Voters surveyed had qualms about the funding of public facilities improvements.

Five of the six ballot propositions that make up the city’s $250 million general obligation bond package seem headed to approval by voters April 5, the latest Oklahoma Poll shows.

The ballot items addressing transportation, sanitary sewer, flood control and police and fire needs were supported in the survey by strong margins, ranging from 59 percent to 74.2 percent.

The fate of the proposition to fund public facilities repairs and improvements, which had 45.4 percent support, is in the hands of undecided voters, the poll shows.

Mayor Bill LaFortune said the poll numbers are encouraging.

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