Obama's Approval Rating Higher Than Trump's In Alabama

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Former President Barack Obama is more popular than current President Donald Trump in the deeply red state of Alabama, according to a Fox News poll.

The poll's results, released Nov. 16, show that Obama has a 52 percent favorability rating in Alabama versus Trump's 49 percent, according to AL.com. Additionally, 45 percent of respondents viewed Obama as unfavorable compared to Trump's 48 percent.

The results are in stark contrast to Alabama's legacy as a deeply Republican state. In the 2016 election, Trump easily won the state with 63 percent of the vote.

In contrast, Obama had difficulty exciting Alabama voters during his two elections for president. He won 39 percent of vote in 2008 and garnered 38 percent of the vote during his reelection campaign in 2012.

The poll's results heavily depended on the respondents' party affiliation. Of Alabama Republicans, 88 percent said they had a strong or somewhat favorable view of Trump -- only 17 percent said the same about Obama. In contrast, 7 percent of Alabama Democrats had a strong or favorable opinion on Trump, while 91 percent said they approved of Obama.

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Those polled also believed the Democrats were doing a better job in Congress than their Republican counterparts. Thirty-seven percent approved of the Democrats' work in Congress, while only 30 percent said Republicans were doing a good job.

The interviews were largely meant to gauge Alabama's voters opinions on the president as well as on the upcoming Senate election, according to Inquistr.

Alabama's senatorial race has sparked a media frenzy after six woman publicly accused Republican candidate Roy Moore of sexual harassment and misconduct. The women said the harassment took place decades ago, while many of them were still underage.

The special election will take place on Dec. 12. It is to replace former Sen. Jeff Sessions, who resigned from the Senate when he was appointed U.S. attorney general.

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Moore was initially the favorite to win, but the allegations have many top Republicans calling on him to drop out of the race. According to the same Fox News poll, 42 percent of voters questioned said they would vote for Moore; 52 percent said they would vote for his Democratic competitor, Doug Jones.

A Fox poll issued before the sexual misconduct allegations showed the two competitors were tied.

Moore has denied the allegations and said that he intends to stay in the race.

The poll randomly selected 823 registered voters in Alabama and contacted them via telephone, according to The Hill. Researchers found 649 respondents who identified as likely voters.

Sources: AL.com, Inquistr, The Hill / Featured Image: Obama White House/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/FlickrPixabay

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