Poll shows Democratic primary race tightening in Oklahoma
by Silas Allen
Just two weeks before Oklahoma’s March 1 primary election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lead is narrowing here, according to a poll of Democratic likely voters released Wednesday.
The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling, a national polling firm, on behalf of progressive advocacy group American Family Voices. According to the poll, Clinton has just a two-point lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Clinton is polling at 46 percent in Oklahoma, while Sanders is polling at 44 percent, with 9 percent still undecided.
The poll was conducted between Feb. 14-16, and includes results from the 12 states that will hold primary elections in March. Clinton led in all but two states — Massachusetts and Sanders’ home state of Vermont.
A majority of Oklahoma Democrats told pollsters they thought Clinton was better prepared than Sanders to be commander in chief and deal with foreign policy issues. Clinton also polled well on issues like immigration, race relations and women’s issues: 61 percent said they trusted Clinton more to handle women’s issues, 39 percent said they trusted her most on immigration and 44 percent said they thought she was best equipped to improve race relations.