June 19, 2023
Bill Shapard

More than Two-Thirds of Oklahomans have a Favorable Opinion of the State's Indian Nations

More than 68 percent of likely voting Oklahomans have a favorable opinion of Oklahoma's 39 federally recognized Indian Tribes and Nations when evaluated as a whole.

While one-in-five didn't have an opinion of the collective Indian tribes and nations, only 11.2 percent had an unfavorable opinion which was the lowest unfavorable rating of person or entity tested in the same poll or any person or entity tested in the past three years.

[QUESTION: FAVORABLE OR UNFAVORABLE] "Oklahoma's 39 federally recognized Indian Tribes and Nations when evaluated as a whole."

  1. Very favorable 34.6%
  2. Somewhat favorable 34.1
  4. No opinion/Don't know 20.0
  5. Somewhat unfavorable 8.9
  6. Very unfavorable 2.3

Combined favorability is extremely high among Democrats and Independents, which is 82.8 and 80.9 percent respectively. Favorability of the tribes and nations is also high with Republicans at 59.7 percent, but still more than twenty points lower than Democrats or Independents.

Slightly more than 52 percent of those who identify themselves as very conservative had a favorable opinion, but favorability steadily increases as the ideology transitions from conservative to liberal. More than 85 percent of those who identify as very liberal have had a favorable opinion of Oklahoma's Indian tribes and nations.

More than two-thirds had a favorable opinion of the tribes and nations in every congressional district. The highest level of favorability, 73.6 percent, was in the state's 2nd district, which is home to some of the most largest tribal nations and located entirely within the boundaries of various Indian nations.

Both men and women, 66.9 and 70.2 percent respectively, were strongly favorable towards the tribal nations with women three points higher in favorability than men.

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

The scientific study was conducted from June 1-4, 2023 with 302 likely Oklahoma voters selected at random statewide from SoonerPoll's proprietary online panel. The sample was weighted by education, age, 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 nearly a third identifying as Moderate. The study has a Margin of Error (MoE) of ±5.65 percent.

A complete description of the methodology can be found 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.