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Poll finds economy, jobs top concerns

Poll finds economy, jobs top concerns

Tulsa World

By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer

Published: 1/24/2010 2:21 AM
Last Modified: 1/24/2010 4:01 AM

The most recent edition of the Oklahoma Poll found concern about the economy and unemployment at levels unprecedented in the survey's 17-year history.

Fifty-seven percent of those questioned earlier this month named either the economy or unemployment as the state's most pressing problem. It was the highest combined total for the two since the poll began in 1993.

Bill Shapard, president of SoonerPoll.com, which conducted the survey for the Tulsa World, said the two responses reflect different views of the same underlying problem.

"Republicans tend to see it as the economy," Shapard said. "Democrats tend to see it in terms of unemployment."

The survey did offer a glimmer of good news. Although unemployment and the economy dwarfed all other concerns, Oklahomans were less pessimistic about the direction of the economy than the last survey on the subject just prior to the 2008 general election... FULL ARTICLE

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