These charts explain how Doug Jones won in Alabama

Exit polls help explain how Alabama elected a ...

Posted: Dec 13, 2017 7:58 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2017 7:58 PM

Exit polls help explain how Alabama elected a Democrat to the US Senate for the first time in 25 years.

Doug Jones' victory over Roy Moore on Tuesday came in a state that voted overwhelmingly for Republican Donald Trump last year.

The charts below show results from exit polls of more than 2,300 voters in Tuesday's election -- and they help show the makeup and thoughts of the people who decided to send Jones to Washington.

Party identification

Nearly all self-identifying Democrats -- 98% -- voted for their party's guy, Jones, and just more than half of independents picked him. But Jones also received a slice of support from Republicans -- 8% of them crossed party lines to vote for him.

In a race where more Republicans appeared to vote than Democrats (43% to 37%), Jones benefited from his edge with independents and the support he chipped from Moore's party.

Age

Younger voters (ages 18 to 44) generally went for Jones -- 61% to 38%. Older ones favored Moore (54% to 44%).

Although the older crowd voted in greater numbers (65% were 45 and older), Jones' margin of support with younger voters was larger than what Moore pulled from older ones.

Race

A majority of polled voters -- two in three -- were white. And about 68% of those white voters went for Moore.

But Jones made up for that deficit by dominating the black vote. Of the 29% respondents who were black, nearly all (96%) said they went with Jones.

Gender and race

Women made up a slight majority of voters (51%), and most of them voted for Jones (57%). Most men (56%) went for Moore.

So we've established that Jones enjoyed an advantage among black voters generally, and women voters generally. Where Jones really separated himself was among black women.

While a majority of women overall voted for Jones, nearly two-thirds of white women voted for Moore. By contrast, nearly every black woman voter (98%) who was queried in exit polls said she voted for Jones.

A vast majority of black men (93%) also went for Jones.

Education

Most voters had at least some college education, if not a degree. Among those who have at least graduated from college, Jones fared better.

The scandal

Moore has been accused of pursuing sexual relationships with teenage girls while in his 30s, including allegations that he molested a 14-year-old and assaulted a 16-year-old. He has denied wrongdoing.

Six in 10 voters said the allegations were a factor in their selection. Of those, 68% said they went with Jones.

Parents

Most voters (65%) didn't have children under 18 in their homes, and among this group, Moore had a slight advantage (50% to 49%).

Among the 35% voters who did have children in their homes, most (56%) chose Jones.

Jones did especially well with mothers who had children living with them. Two in three of these went for the Democrat. By contrast, most fathers who had children living with them went for Moore (56%).

The Trump/McConnell factors

Voters' opinions of Trump generally seemed to coincide with their vote in Tuesday's Senate race.

Voters appeared split on their opinion of the President -- 48% approved and 48% disapproved. Those who approved generally went with Republican candidate Moore and vice versa.

But Jones pulled more support from voters approving of Trump (9%) than Moore drew support from those who disapprove of the President (6%).

Support, or distaste, for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't seem to be as great a predictor. Two in three voters said they had an unfavorable opinion of the Kentucky Republican. Among those, Jones had only a slight edge (50% to 48%).

Among the slim percentage of voters who said they viewed McConnell favorably, Jones still pulled 46% of the vote.

Ideology

The vast majority of those who described themselves as somewhat or very liberal went for the Democrat, while most conservatives chose Moore.

But Jones also scored among those describing themselves as moderates. More than three in 10 said they were moderate, and 74% of those voters said they chose Jones.

Values

The percentage of voters who said only Jones shared their values was close to the percentage of those who said the same of Moore.

But Jones managed to get votes from a tiny amount (2%) of those who said only Moore shared their values. Moore pulled no support from those who said Jones was the only candidate sharing theirs.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 512632

Reported Deaths: 10262
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34853555
DeSoto33162432
Hinds32556641
Jackson24830389
Rankin22442402
Lee16238242
Madison14874283
Jones14086247
Forrest13741259
Lauderdale12249324
Lowndes11286193
Lamar10644140
Pearl River9707244
Lafayette8827143
Hancock7835132
Washington7550169
Oktibbeha7204138
Monroe6989179
Pontotoc6970109
Warren6849178
Panola6746134
Neshoba6726210
Marshall6653141
Bolivar6440151
Union633897
Pike5924156
Alcorn5862107
Lincoln5525136
George510180
Prentiss500884
Tippah490282
Itawamba4829107
Scott477499
Adams4766125
Tate4748116
Leflore4723144
Copiah455895
Yazoo455591
Simpson4543117
Wayne442772
Covington432895
Sunflower4299106
Marion4265112
Coahoma4227109
Leake413790
Newton395581
Tishomingo381793
Grenada3775109
Stone365666
Jasper340166
Attala337790
Winston317792
Chickasaw313367
Clay311878
Clarke301195
Calhoun284449
Holmes271289
Smith268952
Yalobusha243747
Tallahatchie231453
Greene224749
Walthall221366
Lawrence217840
Perry213356
Amite209557
Webster205148
Noxubee188642
Montgomery181557
Carroll174441
Jefferson Davis173643
Tunica163239
Benton152639
Kemper144941
Choctaw136527
Claiborne134238
Humphreys131139
Franklin124929
Quitman107528
Wilkinson105939
Jefferson96834
Sharkey65121
Issaquena1957
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 844951

Reported Deaths: 16115
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1161002006
Mobile741871379
Madison53279732
Shelby38325368
Baldwin38068589
Tuscaloosa36009641
Montgomery34482781
Lee25550263
Calhoun22585518
Morgan22451406
Etowah20013517
Marshall18777316
Houston17727425
St. Clair16875358
Limestone16135218
Cullman16044303
Elmore15904294
Lauderdale14968306
Talladega14189299
DeKalb12967269
Walker12020380
Blount10714192
Autauga10517157
Jackson10157194
Coffee9414192
Colbert9334208
Dale9018191
Tallapoosa7254201
Russell707765
Chilton7018170
Escambia6955143
Covington6932195
Franklin6340108
Chambers5783142
Marion5401130
Dallas5285209
Pike5118109
Clarke484986
Lawrence4826129
Winston4780110
Geneva4642136
Bibb434094
Barbour369480
Butler3434100
Marengo342393
Monroe337066
Randolph334367
Pickens333188
Fayette330085
Henry320666
Hale318189
Cherokee317563
Crenshaw260477
Washington256952
Cleburne254460
Lamar251253
Clay250869
Macon244764
Conecuh192762
Coosa184947
Lowndes178168
Wilcox177438
Bullock152645
Perry141840
Sumter139241
Greene130245
Choctaw93228
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