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March 28, 2005
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Bill Shapard

Oklahomans show considerable support for lawsuit reform and road funding, new survey finds.

OKLAHOMA CITY - A new survey released today finds that more than three out of four Oklahomans support significant lawsuit reform in Oklahoma, which includes lowering lawyers' fees and decreasing the number of lawsuits filed in Oklahoma.

Additionally, 71.1% of Oklahomans support using new growth revenue from the motor vehicle fees and registrations to repair and maintain the state's roads and bridges.

SoonerPoll.com, a public opinion research firm in Oklahoma City, conducted the telephone poll of 502 statewide likely voters last Wednesday and Thursday for The State Chamber. The margin of error for the survey was 4.4%.

Strong support for lawsuit reform was found among Oklahomans from every congressional district, both men and women, and with Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike.

When asked if, overall, do they believe the number of lawsuits filed against businesses, doctors and hospitals in Oklahoma LOWER or INCREASE the prices Oklahoma's middle class families have to pay for products, services and medical care, 65.7% believed lawsuits significantly increase prices, with another 21.3% saying somewhat of an increase.

A good majority of Oklahoman's also believe that without lawsuit reforms, Oklahoma will have a harder time keeping doctors from leaving the state and a harder time attracting businesses and jobs to the state.

"There is obviously support across the state for lawsuit reform this year," said Bill Shapard, President of SoonerPoll.com. "There is no doubt Oklahomans want these positive reforms during this legislative session from their elected officials."

Bill Shapard
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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 a major campaign in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004.