Oklahoma Poll
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November 11, 2009
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Bill Shapard

School sports take hit in survey

Most Tulsa residents questioned say athletics is overemphasized.

In light of rules violations at five Oklahoma high schools, most Tulsans think the state has a widespread problem and that Oklahomans put too much emphasis on high school sports, according to a recent Oklahoma Poll.

Sixty-six percent of the 750 Tulsans surveyed from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5 said Oklahoma has a widespread problem with rules violations in high school sports. Seventy-two percent said high school athletics have received too much importance.

"I think the emphasis should be on education and not on sports," said one respondent, Margaret Parks.

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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.