A poll of Alabama voters finds strong support for displaying the Ten Commandments in government buildings, but a majority said suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore should have obeyed a court order to remove his monument.
The survey by the Alabama Education Association's in-house polling firm said 76 percent support putting the Ten Commandments in government places, while 19 percent oppose it, and five percent are undecided or don't know.
Moore refused a federal court order to remove his monument in August and was suspended by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission. He is scheduled for trial Nov. 12 before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary.
In the survey, 58 percent said Moore should have obeyed the court order and removed the monument. 33 percent said he should have refused, and nine percent didn't know or didn't answer.
The pollster also asked voters if they would vote for Moore for governor if the election were held today. Thirty-three percent said yes, 48 percent said no, and 19 percent didn't know or didn't answer.
The random telephone survey involved 578 registered voters in Alabama who were contacted from Oct. 15-21.
The survey has a sampling error margin of plus or minus four percentage points.
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