Oklahoma Poll--2008 Presidential Campaign

Saturday, February 3rd 2007, 8:55 pm
By: News On 6

The latest violence in Iraq has left at least 120 dead and hundreds more injured. The Iraq War will be a defining issue in the 2008 Presidential Campaign.

With A growing field of candidates, we wanted to know who Oklahoma prefers as America’s next leader. We teamed with the Tulsa World to see who leads the race for the GOP nomination.

Twenty-five percent of Oklahoma Republicans say they'd support Arizona Senator John McCain. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani is second with 17 percent. With 16 percent Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who has said she will not run, is third. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was fourth with 14 percent.

Secretary Rice leads the pack among Tulsa voters, even though she's never held elected office and hasn't declared her intentions to run for the presidency. McCain and Guiliani tie for second.

Twenty-eight percent of Oklahoma Democrats put Hillary Clinton in the driver's seat. Former Senator John Edwards did well in Oklahoma when he ran for president in 2004 - he comes in second with 23 percent. Senator Barack Obama from Illinois is third with 14 percent, and former Vice President Al Gore is fourth, polling in the single digits.

The former first lady polls best in Tulsa. We asked all Oklahomans if they'd vote for her, 18 percent said they definitely would, but 56 percent said definitely not, and most have their minds made up. Only two-percent statewide don't have an opinion on Senator Clinton.

Thirteen percent of Oklahomans are undecided on Senator Obama. Eleven percent would definitely vote for him, 36 percent guarantee they wouldn't.

That made us ask if Oklahomans would ever vote for a woman or minority for president. Eighty-seven percent say a woman "is" electible, while 88 percent say they'd vote for a minority.

This Oklahoma Poll has a 5-percent margin of error. The Tulsa World will have more details in the Sunday paper.