News On 6 Poll: Voters Support Teacher Walkout
TULSA, Oklahoma - The results are in from our exclusive News On 6 Poll on the possible school shutdown.
We asked Oklahomans if they support or oppose teachers’ efforts to close schools and go on strike until an increase in funding is secured.
The survey was conducted by SoonerPoll and asked more than 550 likely Oklahoma voters their opinions on the teacher walkout.
More than 70 percent of people said they support the decision. In fact, 56 percent of them say they strongly support it.
Of the 25 percent of people who are opposed to the school shutdown, 14 percent feel strongly about it.
About four percent of people are still undecided.
SoonerPoll says the numbers show Oklahomans believe education funding is a crisis.
"Voters say teachers need to get a raise, they need to get it now, and I think that's very promising for teachers as they go into this battle," said Bill Shapard with SoonerPoll.
While a majority of Oklahoma voters say they support a teacher walkout, there is not the same kind of support for a state employee strike. However, when it comes to state workers striking in support of schools, voters are split with 49 percent in support, 45 percent opposed, and 6 percent undecided.
Coming up tonight at 10, find out how voters are willing to change the state's constitution in order to pay for education funding and teacher pay raises.
We also found out there's not the same kind of support for a state employee strike. Our poll shows voters are split on that.