New polling indicates that the predominantly conservative voters of Alabama view former President Barack Obama more favorably than his successor, President Donald Trump. The survey also found that Democratic candidate Doug Jones was leading GOP candidate Roy Moore in the state's U.S. Senate race. Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct by nearly 10 women. He has denied the allegations.
On Nov. 16, a Fox News poll found that 52 percent of registered voters in Alabama viewed Obama favorably while 45 percent viewed him unfavorably. Meanwhile, 49 percent of respondents said they had a positive view of Trump while 48 percent had a negative view of the sitting president, Fox News reports.
The data marks a dramatic reversal of the two presidents' popularity in the Yellowhammer State. Previously, Trump had vastly outperformed Obama among Alabama voters.
In November 2012, Obama only garnered 39 percent of the vote in Alabama. In November 2016, Trump won the state with a decisive 63 percent share of the vote, according to AL.com.
The survey also found that Jones has taken the lead in the race to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former Senate seat; 50 percent of Alabama voters said that they supported Jones, 42 percent said they would cast a ballot for Moore, and 9 percent of respondents were undecided. The two Senate candidates had been tied in a earlier Fox News poll released on Oct. 17.
The poll further found that 56 percent of respondents said that Jones had strong moral character while 41 percent said the same of Moore.
Since Nov. 8, nine women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct. Leigh Corfman alleged that Moore molested her when she was 14 years old in 1979 and Beverly Young Nelson alleged that he sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old in 1977, according to Newsweek.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his colleagues have called on Moore to bow out of the Alabama race. On Nov. 16, a defiant Moore held a press conference with 20 faith leaders to deny the sexual misconduct allegations and announce his intention to continue campaigning until the election is held on Dec. 12.
"This is an effort from Mitch McConnell and his cronies to steal this election from the people of Alabama," Moore said, according to The Hill.
Fox News' poll found that 38 percent of Alabama voters said that they believed the allegations against Moore; 37 percent believed they were false and 25 percent of respondents were undecided. According to the poll's data, 19 percent of Alabama Republicans wanted Moore to drop out of the race.
Senate Republicans have reportedly asked GOP Sen. Luther Strange of Alabama, who was appointed after Sessions joined the Trump administration and subsequently defeated by Moore in a state primary, to compete in the special election as a write-in candidate. On Nov. 13, Luther told reporters that the prospects of him mounting a campaign were "highly unlikely."
The survey found that if Strange campaigned as a write-in candidate, 37 percent of Moore supporters would vote for him. The poll also posed the hypothetical of Strange winning the GOP Senate nomination over Moore; in that scenario, 47 percent of respondents said they would vote for Jones and 37 percent said they would vote for Strange.