KCCU News
10:54 am
Fri October 31, 2008

Web Site Says Oklahoma Candidates Don't Reveal Positions

Oklahoma City, OK – A national research organization says political candidates in Oklahoma are less willing to tell voters what their views are on important issues than candidates in most other states.

A nationwide survey conducted by Project Vote Smart found that 80 percent of congressional candidates and 90 percent of state legislative candidates refused to answer questions on issues of public concern.

That ranks Oklahoma 48th among the 50 states in legislative return rates, behind only Ohio and Iowa.

The Montana-based group's senior adviser Adelaide Kimball says her organization believes it's crucial for candidates to be willing to come clean with voters.

Kimball says most voters view candidate opinion surveys as a job application. She says ignoring the survey contributes to cynicism among voters.