September 25, 2020
Bill Shapard

Large majority of Oklahoma likely voters believe the GOP will do a better job in restoring the economy

If the Republican Party hadn't already establish it's perception of economic growth and prosperity among the voters, then Donald Trump certainly did.


An overwhelming 89 percent of Republicans believe their own party is the best in bringing back the economy, but Democrats see their own party as the best with 59.8 percent.

Still, 28.1 percent of Democrats believe the GOP is the one that can restore the economy to its pre-coronavirus condition.  This percentage of Democrats, roughly between twenty and thirty percent, seems to be a common amount seen in other questions, from their support of Trump to their unfavorable view of Joe Biden, meaning that is roughly one-in-four Democrats that are more than likely conservative and like Trump and the Republicans.

[QUESTION] Which political party do you believe will do a better job in bringing the economy back to its pre-coronavirus pandemic state?

1. The Democratic Party 28.9%
2. The Republican Party 61.4
3. Refused [DNR] 9.7

Half of Independent voters believe its the Republican Party that is best equipment to restore the economy, but slightly more than one-in-three, 36.5 percent, believe its the Democratic Party.

Self-identified moderates are nearly evenly split with 40.8 percent saying the Democratic Party and 39.7 percent with the Republican Party.

Naturally, those voting for Trump believe overwhelmingly that the Republicans can bring back the economy, with 94.7 percent, and those voting for Biden overwhelmingly believe the Democrats can do it with 81.1 percent.

Among those that believed the Democrats were best to bring back the economy, half of them had a favorable view of socialism.

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 August 13-31, 2020 with 379 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, 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 ±5.03 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 major campaigns for both Republicans and Democrats in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004.