Most Tulsa residents questioned say athletics is overemphasized.

In light of rules violations at five Oklahoma high schools, most Tulsans think the state has a widespread problem and that Oklahomans put too much emphasis on high school sports, according to a recent Oklahoma Poll.

Sixty-six percent of the 750 Tulsans surveyed from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5 said Oklahoma has a widespread problem with rules violations in high school sports. Seventy-two percent said high school athletics have received too much importance.

“I think the emphasis should be on education and not on sports,” said one respondent, Margaret Parks.

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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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