TW_pressingproblemBy RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer

Education may not have been the deciding issue for Oklahoma voters in Tuesday’s election, but it certainly was a big one.

In a survey conducted Oct. 25-29 by SoonerPoll, nearly one-third of those responding said education is the state’s most pressing problem.

While education has usually ranked among the top three responses in the 21 years the Oklahoma Poll has asked the question, its 31.2 percent share this time was the highest since early 2003.

“It kind of gets put on the back burner,” said poll participant Heather Williams of Inola. “I don’t think it is a priority to be at the top. That’s why (college graduates) with teaching certificates are moving to other states.

And I’m disheartened to see a lot of older teachers still teaching because they have to.”

Second on the most-pressing problem list was jobs and the economy, at 22 percent, followed by political leadership at 16 percent.

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About the Oklahoma Poll

The poll of 404 likely voters registered in Oklahoma was conducted Oct. 25-29 by and included 136 cellphone and 268 landline users. The poll was sponsored by the Tulsa World. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.87 percentage points.

Poll results were weighted by age, gender and congressional district, stratified by Oklahoma likely voters statewide. This poll conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. A complete description of the methodology can be found here.

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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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