US Senate
September 28, 2021
Andrew Speno

Half of Oklahoma Voters Believe James Lankford is Doing a Good Job in The U.S. Senate

Republican US Senator James Lankford is viewed favorably by 49.9% of likely voters in Oklahoma. James Lankford was elected to Oklahoma’s 5th District Congressional seat in 2010 and won his current U.S. Senate seat in 2014. He has consistently ranked among the most favorable of Oklahoma’s elected leaders since he first entered the US Senate in 2015.


SoonerPoll surveyed 299 likely voters -- Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and Independents -- across the state. The survey is stratified to represent Oklahoma's likely voter population.

[QUESTION] I’m going to read you alist of individuals or organizations. For each one, please tell me if you havea favorable or unfavorable opinion.

James Lankford:

1.  Very Favorable: 24.4%
2.  Somewhat Favorable: 25.5
3.  Neutral/Don’t Know: 11.9
4.  Somewhat Unfavorable: 19.5
5.  Very Unfavorable: 19.0

While he failed to crack the 50% mark among all voters, Lankford remains very popular within the Republican party. Nearly forty-two percent of GOP voters have a very favorable opinion of Lankford and another 36.2% find him somewhat favorable. A combined favorability of 78.1% among Republican voters will make him difficult to beat in the primary election.

Lankford will also have a Democrat opponent in the general election scheduled for November 8, 2022. Candidates Madison Horn and Jason Bollinger are vying for the Democratic nomination and Lankford will face the winner. Democrats who participated in our poll view Lankford unfavorably at a combined rate of 72.7%.

About the Poll, Oklahoma’s public opinion pollster, asked these questions of Oklahoma likely voters as part of the SoonerPoll Quarterly Poll.

The scientific study was conducted from July 21-August13, 2021 with 300 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, gender, and congressional district in order to reflect the Oklahoma likely voter population for a general 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 ±5.67 percent.

A complete description of the methodology can be found here.

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