Recent polling could influence Sen. Jones’ confirmation vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh
The latest polling published by Morning Consult shows more Alabama voters approve of Senator Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) than disapprove.
The numbers say that 45 percent approve, 28 percent disapprove, while 26 percent either do not know or have no opinion.
These numbers are generous, to say the least, and will drastically change when voters view Sen. Jones through a partisan lens again. Make no mistake — Sen. Jones will almost certainly lose to the Republican nominee in 2020.
However, this polling is still important, with a crucial hearing on President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court expected to occur next month.
If Sen. Jones does believe these numbers to even be remotely accurate, he will view the upcoming confirmation vote as a determining factor in whether he can be reelected or not. Separate polling shows that a majority of Alabamians support Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Alabama’s Democratic senator has a calculation to make here. However, Sen. Jones’ real choice is between his liberal party and his conservative state.
Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn