Alabama Republicans are rallying behind Roy Moore and against Democrat candidate Doug Jones, telling even Democratic pollsters that their support lies with the GOP.
In fact, the pollster – Change Research – is admitting that the gap between Republican and Democrat is as wide as it was before salacious accusations were made by The Washington Post about Moore’s past.
The poll shows that Moore has reopened a 49–44 lead over Democrat Doug Jones in the race for U.S. Senate.
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Alabama Republican Roy Moore has reopened a 49–44 lead over Democrat Doug Jones in the race for U.S. Senate. In Change Research’s third poll since the sexual misconduct allegations against Moore first surfaced on November 9, we found that he has completely erased the 3-point lead Jones had opened up in mid-November. Moore’s lead is now just as large as it was just after the story broke.
What has changed? The largest difference is turnout: many Republicans who ten days ago said they might not vote, now say they plan to show up on Election Day and vote for Moore. In mid-November, 82% of those who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 said they would “definitely” vote on December 12; that number has climbed to 88%. Additionally, Moore has made some gains with his base: his 91–5 lead with them ten days ago has grown to a 93–4 edge. In mid-November, 10% of voters had planned to cast a write-in vote; that number has dropped to 7%.
Why is Moore doing better among all three groups of Republicans? Compared to ten days ago, fewer Republicans believe the allegations against Moore. While all voters believed the allegations by a 46–30 margin ten days ago, they now believe them by only 42–38. Among Trump voters, the split was 16–51 (believe-don’t believe) in the middle of the month, and it’s 9–63 now. However, Hillary Clinton voters’ belief of the allegations has remained constant: 91% believe them and 1% disbelieve them.
HA! Hillary’s voters would probably believe that every Republican you meet on the street is a Russian spy.
Wait, they already do!