The Washington Post’s attempt to change the minds of Alabama voters in the upcoming special election for Senate does not seem to be having the desired effect. Democrat Doug Jones was getting hammered in polls by Republican Roy Moore. Enter the Post and their yellow journalism, as they ran an entirely scandalous story about Moore, with the core charge being that he molested a 14-year-old in 1979. There is very little reason to believe this story is true though.
Apparently the people of Alabama agree.
After printing of the Post’s smear job, an immediate poll, of little more than 500 people, was released the following day that declared the race now tied. The closest poll before that time had it at a ten-point spread. One wonder’s if the Post paid for this poll to come out some soon after the story broke.
This poll was all that made the news. Then Sunday, another poll, with a tiny sampling size was released that showed. Forty-six percent of likely voters polled said they would vote for Jones, while 42 percent said they would vote for Moore, according to the Louisiana-based JMC Analytics and Polling. Notice those numbers. Jones isn’t over 50%, but he is in the lead, and that’s all the media wants to push their narrative.
However, if one looks at polling done within the state by a local company and accompanying on the ground reporting by a local ABC affiliate you find that the story is not gaining any traction within the state.
As Breitbart News reported:
One of the polls, which were both provided by the pollster to Breitbart News exclusively on Saturday evening, was conducted on Thursday morning before the publication of the Postpiece that afternoon. The second one was conducted on Saturday evening. Together, they show Judge Moore’s lead over Democrat Doug Jones has been virtually unaffected since the Post story came out.
The first survey, which was conducted entirely before noon local time on Thursday, shows Moore leading Jones by 50 percent to 39.2 percent with 10.8 percent undecided. That survey of 1,354 likely voters in the upcoming Dec. 12 special election has a margin of error of 3.5 percent.
The second survey, conducted Saturday evening—two days after the Post piece hit, roiling Alabama’s political scene—shows Moore and Jones with about the exact same percentages as before. Moore’s position in this second poll is 49.8 percent—meaning he only dropped 0.2 percent since the story hit—and Jones has only picked up 0.4 percent to reach 39.6 percent total. The second survey, which polled 1,536 likely voters with a margin of error of 3.3 percent, has 10.5 percent as undecided.
“The polling between Thursday morning and Saturday showed far less movement than I originally expected,” pollster John Wahl told Breitbart News…His [Moore’s] current support level is holding fairly steady.”
Wahl is a local Alabama pollster, based in the state, and is regarded for his accuracy in the state. The pollster’s firm, WT&S Consulting, did some work for Moore’s campaign in the primary and runoff—but these polls, Breitbart News has confirmed, were not commissioned by Moore’s campaign and were conducted independently. That said, WT&S Consulting nailed the runoff numbers accurately. Its last poll, the day before the runoff election, showed Moore crushing establishment-backed appointed Sen. Luther Strange 54.3 percent to 45.7 percent—an 8.6 percent gap. The final election results were 54.6 percent for Moore to 45.4 percent for Strange—or a 9.2 percent gap.
Then there was the ABC affiliate who couldn’t find a single person who said they would be voting against Moore due to the accusations.
During a segment that aired on Friday’s broadcast of Birmingham, AL ABC affiliate WBMA 33/40’s 5 p.m. local news, political reporter Lauren Walsh sought out voters in Columbiana, AL to gauge their reactions to the Washington Post report that alleged Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore engaged in inappropriate conduct with four teenage girls more than 34 years ago.
None of the respondents according to Walsh told her they believed the Post’s reporting…“Out of all the voters we spoke with Friday in Columbiana, we didn’t find one voter who believed the Washington Post report about Moore,” she said.
Columbiana is the county seat of Shelby County, a county that is the home to many of Birmingham’s southern suburbs. The county is very Republican, and in last year’s presidential election, it went for Donald Trump by a 72-23 percent margin.
In the GOP primary and the subsequent runoff for next month’s special election won by Moore, Shelby County went for his opponent Luther Strange in both instances.
All signs point to a Moore land-slide, despite the narrative trying to be concocted by the concerted efforts of the mainstream media.