Same-sexTWMore than half of respondents to the survey oppose.

By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer

Same-sex marriage may be more acceptable to Oklahomans than it was a decade ago, but the most recent Oklahoma Poll indicates that a large majority still rejects it.

More than half the 404 likely voters surveyed said they “strongly oppose” same-sex marriage despite recent court decisions that have made it legal in Oklahoma. Another 10 percent said they “somewhat oppose” it.

Just under 30 percent said they support marriage equality, with 9 percent undecided.

“We’re getting where a small group of people are wanting to run things their way above the other people,” said Jerry Lane of Muskogee. “What about the rights of the other people who live in this country? After we voted (against same-sex marriage) in 2004, it was all struck down by a minority of people.

“It’s federal government intrusion. If you look back in history, federal government wouldn’t hardly interfere with states, but now they are.”

In 2004, Oklahomans voted more than 3 to 1 in favor of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

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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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