Policy or Character? New Poll Examines the Preference of Voters, Going Into Today's Alabama Election

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore waits to speak at a press conference, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

It’s a bit of putting the cart before the horse, but the latest Politico/Morning Consult poll shows a definite attitude towards Roy Moore and his potential entrance into the Senate, after today’s vote.

According to the poll, 61 percent of those voters responding feel that if Moore wins today, the Senate should expel him.

Another 17 percent said that Moore should be allowed to stay in office while 22 percent said they didn’t know or didn’t have an opinion.

Among Republicans, 45 percent of respondents said Moore should be expelled if elected, while more than three-quarters of Democrats – 77 percent – said Moore should be expelled if he wins.

I’m going to go ahead and say that 45 percent of Republicans on board with Roy Moore being expelled says a lot about the amount of confidence voters have in him. You would expect that number to be lower, given the partisan age we live in.

So is policy more important than character? According to 53 percent of those polled, it is. Only 32 percent backed character over policy.

We’ll see what these numbers mean for Alabama, in a few hours.

This poll had 1,955 respondents, and was conducted nationwide, from December 8 to 11. It has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.