Oklahomans’ feelings about the United States’ decade-long presence in Afghanistan appear to be roughly in line with the rest of the country’s, a recent survey by SoonerPoll.com indicates.

Only 19 percent of the 587 Oklahomans surveyed said President Barack Obama is acting too quickly by promising to withdraw 35,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by next summer.

Thirty-two percent said Obama is acting too slowly, while 41 percent said his timetable seems about right.

“We should have been out of there years ago,” said SoonerPoll respondent Arthur Conkrite of Checotah. “We went in there for one reason, to get Osama bin Laden. That’s now over.”

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Bill is the founder of SoonerPoll.com 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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