Oklahoma Teachers
October 16, 2016
Bill Shapard

Oklahoman: Poll shows deep political frustration among teachers

By Ben Felder, Oklahoman

A vast majority of public school teachers across the state have an unfavorable opinion of the state Legislature — 80 percent, according to SoonerPoll — which has some teachers seeing similarities between this year and 2014.


“Before that election, I don't think a lot of teachers were as engaged in the political process,” Jacob Rosecrants, an Oklahoma City teacher, said about a wave of frustration teachers had for then-state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi in 2014. “But that year teachers really did unify across the aisle to beat her, and I know many teachers who switched party affiliation just to make sure she didn't make it out of her primary.”

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About the Poll

SoonerPoll.com, Oklahoma’s public opinion pollster, conducted the online poll of 458 Oklahoma teachers. The poll was commissioned by the Oklahoman.

The scientific study was conducted online September 29 – October 10, 2016 and respondents were selected at random among those with a teaching certificate in the state of Oklahoma. Teachers were identified by filtering out only teachers who were currently employed, retired, or looking for a teaching position in the state. The data was also filtered for those registered to vote and likely to vote in the November election.

The study has a Margin of Error (MoE) of ±4.56 percent.

Bill Shapard
About the Author

Bill Shapard

Bill is the founder of SoonerPoll.com 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.