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About the poll SoonerPoll.com conducted the scientific telephone survey of 753 likely Oklahoma voters Oct. 18-23. The poll includes 384 Democrats, 345 Republicans and 24 independents selected randomly from those who have established a frequent voting pattern. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.57 percentage points. The poll is sponsored by the Tulsa World. (Numbers have been rounded.) Do you think Oklahoma locks up too many women in prison, about the right number or too few women? Locks up too manyâ€¦42% About the right numberâ€¦35% Locks up too few womenâ€¦23% Donâ€™t know/refusedâ€¦0.3% What do you think is the main reason Oklahoma incarcerates such a large number of these women? Oklahoma women are more prone to crimeâ€¦8% Oklahomans generally take a harder line on criminal behaviorâ€¦26% Oklahoma lacks alternative programsâ€¦60% Because of divorce/single parenting â€¦0.4% Because of economy/job opportunitiesâ€¦1% Because of drug useâ€¦1% Because Oklahoma hates/biased toward womenâ€¦0.5% Lack of educationâ€¦0.4% Otherâ€¦2.7% Do you believe the stateâ€™s current stance on crime and punishment is making you safer? Yesâ€¦41% Noâ€¦48% Donâ€™t know/refusedâ€¦11% Would you support reducing the amount of time offenders spend in prison for some non-violent offenses if it meant the state spent less money on the prison system? Yesâ€¦66% Noâ€¦24% Donâ€™t know/refusedâ€¦11% Children whose parents are in prison are at a much greater risk of performing poorly in school, substance abuse, depression and suicide. Do you support a proposal that would identify and coordinate services for children whose parents are incarcerated? Strongly supportâ€¦63% Somewhat support â€¦20% Neutral/No opinionâ€¦8% Somewhat opposeâ€¦5% Strongly opposeâ€¦4%