By Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World

Slightly more than half of Oklahomans polled favor continuing all of the Bush-era tax cuts.

About half of Oklahomans support extending the so-called Bush tax cuts, at least temporarily, to all income brackets, the most recent Oklahoma Poll shows.

A little more than 50 percent of those surveyed Oct. 18-23 said the cuts should be extended for all, with one-third saying they should be extended only for those making less than $250,000 a year.

Eleven percent said all of the cuts should be allowed to expire.

Oklahomans were less sure about making the cuts permanent. Thirty-eight percent said all cuts should be made permanent; 20 percent said only cuts to the lower brackets should be made permanent; and 34 percent said none of the cuts should be made permanent.

Bill Shapard, whose firm conducted the survey, said the results indicate Oklahomans buy into trickle-down economics – the theory that tax cuts for the top income brackets result in benefits for lower-income households.

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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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