By Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World

Mary Fallin may have scored a sweeping victory in November, but on the eve of her inauguration as the state’s 27th governor, it appears she is still an unknown entity to many Oklahomans.

Fallin, a Republican, received 60 percent of the vote to win the Nov. 2 general election against Democrat Jari Askins.

In an Oklahoma Poll conducted last week, however, only 52 percent gave her a positive rating.

A third had no opinion.

“She’s kind of unknown to me, really,” said poll respondent Jane Baker of Tulsa. “I know her name, of course, but I have not really studied decisions she has made.”

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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.


  1. maybe the next time Mary sees or hears of a news story on the radio, television or in print, she’ll just cite the story instead of fabricating a personal connection to it. For example, instead of saying “Years ago, I had the opportunity to meet a man named Ed Vezey and hear his story,” instead say, “Last week, I learned about a man named Ed Vezey on the local radio.”

    If she does this, instead of coming off as a lying politician trying to sheepishly associate herself with an a honored wartime veteran, she’ll come off a bit more genuine. And if she does that, maybe people across the state will warm up to her a bit. Perhaps her approval rating will improve and her original supporters will forgive her for selling out to big corporate interests.

  2. I believe if the Democrats or Independents had run a different person Mary Fallin would not have her job in my opinion.


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