By MADDISON BOOTH, Alabama Daily News
AUBURN, Ala. – A new poll conducted by Auburn University at Montgomery’s Department of Political Science has Katie Britt as the clear frontrunner over Mo Brooks in the Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate.
From June 8-15, the group surveyed 400 Alabamians likely to vote in the June 21 GOP run-off election.
They found that 50.4% of respondents said that if they were to vote today, they’d choose Britt. Just 29.5% said they’d vote for Brooks, while the other 20.1% were still unsure.
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“The division among voters is in line with the Alabama Republican Party being traditionally divided into factions consisting of a business wing, which is more (sub)urban, wealthy and better educated, and a grassroots wing, which is more rural, evangelical and socially conservative,” said David Hughes, associate professor of political science at AUM and director of the poll.
The poll also showed that 83.4% of respondents reported having a favorable opinion of Donald Trump. A full 48.4% of those who viewed Trump favorably said they would vote for Britt, while only 31.4% of them said they would cast their vote for Brooks.
Despite Britt receiving the former president’s endorsement on Saturday, nearly 70% of respondents with unfavorable views of Trump reported that they would vote for her in the run-off. Less than 10% of this group said they would vote for Brooks.
Poll results also showed inflation, gun rights and immigration as the most important issues for Alabama Republicans right now. The issues ranked least important most often were education, foreign affairs and COVID-19 restrictions.
A previous poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates on behalf of the Alabama Forestry Association showed Britt leading Brooks 54%-36%.
View full results from the AUM poll here.
The run-off is Tuesday.