Why are so many Alabamians voting for Roy Moore, even after nine women say he sexually assaulted or pursued them when they were teenagers? They believe the women were paid to do so. They believe it is a "George Soros assassination plan." They believe it was OK because Moore didn't undress the teenage girls. They believe it's the fault of both Moore *and* the 14-year-old girl. They believe the women have questionable reputations. They believe Moore must be trusted until he's criminally convicted. They believe Moore must be forgiven because Christians forgive. They believe that "forty years ago in Alabama, there's a lot of mommas and daddies that would be thrilled that their 14-year-old was getting hit on by a district attorney."
These are the views of twelve conservative voters who gathered inside a Birmingham coffee house Thursday for a candid discussion about the senate race in their state. Voters dismissed many of the allegations against Moore — while saying behavior that was acceptable in Alabama decades ago shouldn't be measured by modern standards.
The panel was compiled and moderated by Frank Luntz, the Republican pollster well known for arranging focus groups with GOP voters.