Fallin should be doing better in the polls, political watchers say
By BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau
OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin isn’t polling as well as expected in her race against Rep. Joe Dorman, some political experts say.
“Everyone thought Mary would not be in this much trouble,” said Bill Shapard, CEO of SoonerPoll. “The numbers speak to the fact her unfavorables are affected by a variety of different policy issues she has taken.”
Fallin’s favorability with voters dropped to 52 percent in early June, according to an Oklahoma Poll conducted for the Tulsa World by SoonerPoll.com. Her overall approval was 73 percent in September.
A Rasmussen Reports telephone survey conducted July 15-16 of likely voters had Fallin at 45 percent and Dorman at 40 percent.
A poll released last week in the Sooner Survey had Fallin with a 13-point lead, down from a 15-point lead in April.