May 25, 2018
Bill Shapard

Edmondson builds comfortable lead in Democratic gubernatorial race

Former Attorney General Drew Edmondson has built a 30-point lead over former State Senator Connie Johnson in the Democratic nomination for governor, according to the latest News9/Newson6 Poll.


Edmondson's support was geographically broad based, besting Johnson in every congressional district, both urban and rural, including Johnson's hometown of Oklahoma City.

Edmondson also beats Johnson with voters of all age groups, and among liberal, moderate and conservative voters.

[QUESTION] If the Democratic primary election for governor was TODAY and you were standing in the voting booth RIGHT NOW and had to make a choice, for whom would you vote? [RANDOM READ]

1. Drew Edmondson 43.5%
2. Connie Johnson 13.6
3. Don't know 42.9

Johnson polled better among Democratic men than she did with women, which was an interesting result.  Edmondson, however, polled better than Johnson with both men and women, although women voters were nearly 20 points more likely to still be undecided in the race with 32.9 percent of men undecided and 50.8 percent of women.

Lastly but maybe most telling, of those voters most enthusiast about voting, 44.9 percent were Edmondson voters and only 12 percent were Johnson voters.

About the Poll, Oklahoma’s public opinion pollster, conducted the poll of Oklahoma likely voters, which was commissioned by News9 and Newson6.

The scientific study was conducted May 15-23, 2018 with 622 likely Oklahoma voters selected at random statewide from a 5-frame of SoonerPoll's own online panel, Research Now's voter panel, cell phones and landline telephones. For cell phone and landline telephones, voters are selected at random from SoonerPoll's voter database and matched with cell and landline phone numbers.  Cell phone participants are collected using live interviewers and landline participants are collected using both live interviewer and IVR (Interactive Voice Response) technology. The sample was weighted by age, gender, political party and congressional district in order to reflect the Oklahoma likely voter population for a primary election.

The sample reflects the traditional demographical profile of the Oklahoma likely voter with roughly half of respondents identifying as conservative. The study has a Margin of Error (MoE) of ± 3.93 percent.

The Democratic and Independent sample was 297 and has a Margin of Error (MoE) of ± 5.68 percent. Independents are allowed to vote in the Democratic primary in Oklahoma.

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 major campaigns for both Republicans and Democrats in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004.