February 11, 2019
Bill Shapard

Buying prescription drugs from Canada? Now, more Oklahomans support it.

The idea of buying prescription drugs from Canada has been discussed for a long time, but still Oklahomans are not legally able. SoonerPoll tested the idea just last year, and now -- according to the most recent SoonerPoll Quarterly -- even more Oklahomans support measure than last year.

About this same time last year, 70 percent supported the idea of legally purchasing prescription drugs from Canada. Now, over 75 percent do.

[box][QUESTION] Currently, US law bans people from buying most prescription drugs from Canada. Some people believe that the laws should be changed to allow Americans to buy prescription drugs from Canada as long as they are just as safe and effective as those bought in the U.S. Knowing this, do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE state legislation that would allow the purchase of prescription drugs from Canada?

1. Strongly support45.6%2. Somewhat support30.1COMBINED SUPPORT75.73. No opinion/Don't know/Refused [DNR]11.54. Somewhat oppose5.65. Strongly oppose7.2COMBINED OPPOSE12.8


There is no divide among Oklahoma likely voters on this issue, as Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, and the young and old all support the measure.

Seventy-seven percent of Republicans support it, as well as 76.3 percent of Democrats and 58.1 percent of Independents.

Eighty-seven percent of liberals support it, as well as 73.4 percent of conservatives and 77 percent of Independents.

Seventy-six percent of likely voters with just a high school degree supported it, just as 78.6 percent of likely voters with a post graduate degree.

Youngers voter were more likely to not have an opinion on the idea in comparison to older voters, but still 61 percent of those under the age of 34 supported the legal purchase of prescription drugs from Canada. Seventy-eight percent of those over the age of 65 supported it.

No significant opposition was observed in any other demographic group.

About the Poll, Oklahoma’s public opinion pollster, asked these questions of Oklahoma likely voters as part of the SoonerPoll Quarterly Poll, and were commissioned by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

The scientific study was conducted from December 17-28, 2018 with 400 likely Oklahoma voters selected at random statewide from a tri-frame of both landline telephone and cell phones, plus SoonerPoll's proprietary online panel. The sample was weighted by age, political party, sex and congressional district in order to reflect the Oklahoma likely voter population for a primary election. The weighting was conducted using a 'layered technique.'

The sample reflects the traditional demographical profile of the Oklahoma likely voter with roughly half of respondents identifying as conservative and attending religious services once or more per week. The study has a Margin of Error (MoE) of ± 4.9 percent.

This poll not only conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls but exceeds the standard disclosure with a Call Disposition and Rate Calculation Report. A complete description of the methodology can be found here.

The poll's Call Disposition and Rate Calculation Report can be viewed here. A beta version of the Weighting Table Report can be viewed here.

Bill Shapard
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Bill Shapard

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.