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Poll Hub: The Alabama Senate Race


Poll Hub: The Alabama Senate Race

Roy Moore, Doug Jones, and what the polls show three weeks out from Alabama’s special election for U.S. Senate.

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Allegations of sexual misconduct against the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama, Roy Moore, have rocked the special election in the state. In this reddest of red states, the polls are inconsistent, and many lack the scientific rigor that instills confidence in the polls. Can the polls be believed? How volatile is the contest, and how difficult is it to identify likely voters given the national media attention surrounding this race? Poll Hub weighs in.

And according to new national poll numbers from the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll, President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has not shifted in the eleven months he has been president. While President Trump has been catering to his base, these poll numbers show he and many of his counterparts in the U.S. Congress are out of step with Americans on issues like tax cuts and health care.

Americans also think the tone in the nation has gotten worse. Both the Republican and Democratic brands are severely damaged. About two-thirds of Americans think the parties have crossed the line in their political discourse. And as Thanksgiving approaches, a majority of Americans say they dread talking politics around the Thanksgiving dinner table.

A discussion about civility in the United States on this Poll Hub.

About Poll Hub

Poll Hub goes behind the science to explain how polling works, what polls really show, and what the numbers really mean. Poll Hub is produced by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, home of America’s leading independent college public opinion poll, The Marist Poll. Lee Miringoff (Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion), Barbara Carvalho (Director of the Marist Poll) and Jay DeDapper (Director of Innovation at The Marist Poll) dig deep to give you a look at the inner workings of polls and what they tell us about our world, our country, and ourselves.

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