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Poll Shows Evangelicals’ Support For Moore Went Up After Allegations Revealed
Most voters want to back good, upstanding candidates for office. And while there’s no such thing as a perfect person whose morals leave nothing more to be desired, certainly most Americans would agree that an incident like what Roy Moore engaged in, being recently accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl back when he was a 30-something assistant district attorney, would make said candidate unappealing.
Most Alabamans have said as much in a new poll released over the weekend. JMC Analytics asked voters whether the allegations against Moore have made it more or less likely that they’d vote for him. Thirty-eight percent said it made it more difficult to support him as a candidate, while 33 percent said it made no difference.
Astonishingly, however, 29 percent of those polled said the allegations made it more likely that they’d support Moore. Most of those who said as much were Evangelical Christians. Of that group of voters, 37 percent said the allegations made against Moore increased the likelihood that they’d vote for him.
So what’s going on here? A substantial part of those who say they’re more likely to back Moore are probably not saying they’d back him because they encourage that sort of behavior. Instead, what they’re probably saying is that they disbelieve the allegations or otherwise feel that they are part of a smear campaign (although that is difficult to substantiate, given the accuser is also a Trump voter herself).
We’ve already seen with President Donald Trump that some voters are more than happy to vote for candidates like him in spite of their moral misgivings. Such high standards for candidates from the religious right have gone by the wayside in recent years.
The new poll has good news: Moore’s opponent, Doug Jones, is currently in the lead. Yet the new information about Evangelical Christians is indeed disturbingly hypocritical. For years, the GOP has tried to cater to them, pledging to be the party of moral superiority. Now, we have a party — and a religious group that supports that party — trying to find ways to justify how a grown man courting a 14-year-old girl is a fine thing. It’s disgusting, and it’s obvious that their moral high standards were never really there to begin with.