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July 14, 2011
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Wesley Burt

Oklahoma voters cite "lack of jobs" as top reason for lower percentage of population working

SoonerPoll found that likely Oklahoma voters cite a lack of job opportunities, an undereducated population and over dependency on the oil and gas industry as the top reasons a below average percentage of Oklahoma�s population is working.

Recent U.S. Census Bureau data revealed that 40.7 percent of Oklahoma�s population is working, compared with 45.4 percent nationally.� When respondents were asked what is most to blame for the disparity �Oklahoma�s lack of job opportunities� was the most popular response, with 26.7 percent.

�Oklahoma�s population is undereducated� and �Oklahoma is too dependent on the oil and gas industry� were the second and third most popular choices with 18.1 percent and 15.3 percent respectively.

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Crosstab analysis reveals only slight statistical deviations between the answers given by Republicans and Democrats.� However, when results are broken down by political label several correlations become apparent.

Results indicate that liberals are most likely to choose �Oklahoma is too dependent on the oil and gas industry� with 20.7 percent compared to 16.6 percent of moderates and just 13.6 percent of conservatives.

Similarly, liberals were most likely to blame �Oklahoma�s lack of job opportunities� and twice as likely as conservatives to say �Oklahoma has poor leadership.�� Further analysis reveals that 17.4 percent of conservatives had no opinion, making them twice as likely liberals to have no opinion.

SoonerPoll.com, Oklahoma�s public opinion pollster commissioned the poll.� �The scientific study was conducted using live interviewers by telephone of 509 likely voters from May 2 � 12. The study has a margin of error of � 4.34 percent.

Wesley Burt
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