July 10, 2013
Bill Shapard

Around Tulsa: Brady name controversy, a third heartland concert and celebrating Woody Guthrie

Shack Shackleford | TheListShow.TV

TULSA - Here are the stories Tulsans were talking about on July 9, 2013:

1.WHAT'S IN A NAME? A survey by public opinion pollster SoonerPoll, commissioned by and recently published in the Tulsa World, shows 56% of likely Tulsa voters are against changing the name of the Brady Arts District (full results and methodology available on the newspaper's website). More than two-thirds were strongly opposed, says SoonerPoll CEO Bill Shapard. Among the African-American people surveyed, 70% wanted the name changed.

"I think from a race perspective, the Brady Arts District naming after Tate Brady was probably one of the most interesting and controversial," said Shapard. "It's worth nothing that there was a strong racial divide between the white parts of town and the black parts of town."

The street was named after Tate Brady, a Ku Klux Klan member from the 1920s. The area is flourishing due to new businesses and interest, and so now some say the area should be renamed.

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About the Oklahoma Poll

The poll of 400 likely voters was conducted June 1-5 by SoonerPoll.com, using a random digit-dialing technique that included cellphone and landline telephone numbers. Results were weighted by gender, age and party. The poll was sponsored by the Tulsa World. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

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.

Bill Shapard
About the Author

Bill Shapard

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.