Oklahoma Poll
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December 13, 2009
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Bill Shapard

Poll says bias seen more by blacks

Tulsans also differ on status of race relations, significance of 1921 riot.

Blacks and whites have widely different views of race relations in Tulsa, including the significance of the city's 1921 race riot, an Oklahoma Poll has found.

Blacks were much more likely to say they have experienced or witnessed various forms of discrimination in the past five years, according to the survey conducted by SoonerPoll.com for the Tulsa World. They also were much less likely than whites to say race relations in the city have improved during their lifetimes.

"I think our city could go a long way to improving relationships," said William Allen, a black Tulsa resident since 1948. "From talking to other people, we're not as good as in Oklahoma City. We're kind of behind the curve."

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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.