Oklahomans weigh in on Obama

While Barack Obama gets high praise on a national scale for the job he has been doing as president, a majority of Oklahomans still have problems with the new president.

In a poll out today by SoonerPoll.com, a slight majority of Oklahomans disapprove of the way Obama is doing his job, 48 percent to 47 percent. That is 20 points below the latest national poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal which has Obama’s approval rating at 68 percent. The numbers are the same when asked how Obama is handling the economy.

On most of the poll’s questions concerning the president, a majority of Oklahomans give unfavorable remarks on issues from cutting the deficit to reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil. The one area a majority of the state does agree Obama has improved is the country’s image around the world. A majority of 54 percent said Obama will likely improve the image while 43 said he will likely will not.

Gov. Brad Henry continues to get high marks from Oklahomans with 66 percent approving of Henry while 28 percent disapprove. Both of Oklahoma’s United States senators also received favorable marks with Jim Inhofe getting a 62 percent approval and Tom Coburn earning a 60 percent.

A majority in the poll said Oklahoma’s financial institutions should not receive federal bailout money, 50 percent to 35 percent.

Sixty-five percent of those polled considered themselves evangelical Christians. “Scott Cooper

Scott Cooper

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