Published October 27, 2015 by Brianna Bailey (NewsOK)
A poll of 500 registered voters conducted by The Oklahoman and the polling and political strategies firm Cole Hargrave Snodgrass and Associates Inc. found that 63 percent support the sale of wine and high-point beer in Oklahoma grocery stores.
Support for wine and full-strength beer in grocery stores in Oklahoma is at an all-time high, according to a new poll.
The poll of 500 registered voters conducted by The Oklahoman and the polling and political strategies firm Cole Hargrave Snodgrass and Associates Inc. found that 63 percent favor loosening Oklahoma’s liquor laws, while 29 percent oppose a change.
“That’s the highest support we’ve ever measured,” said Pat McFerron, president of Cole Hargrave Snodgrass and Associates.
Support for wine and strong beer in grocery stores was highest among the 25 to 34 age group at 73 percent. Support for changing the state’s alcohol laws was the lowest among Oklahomans 75 and older at 51 percent.
“As younger people move to the state and older people pass on, it’s changing the dynamics,” McFerron said.
McFerron believes that changing the state’s liquor laws to allow wine and strong beer in liquor stores would have the best chance of passage if a state question on the issue made it onto the 2016 ballot in Oklahoma.
“It has the best chance of passage in a presidential election year,” McFerron said.
Support for wine and strong beer in grocery stores also was high among Oklahomans with higher income levels, according to the survey. Oklahomans with more than $150,000 in annual income were 89 percent in favor of wine and strong beer in grocery stores.
“That may be because people with a higher income travel more to other states and are familiar with the laws elsewhere, so its not as unfamiliar or scary,” McFerron said. “People with higher income levels also tend to drink more wine.”
Support for strong beer and wine in grocery stores also crossed party lines, with majorities of both Democrat and Republican primary voters in favor, according to the poll.Follow @FortySixNews