Survey Shows Most Favor a Recount

A majority of Alabamians contacted in a survey believe Democratic Governor Don Siegelman lost the November 5th election to Republican Bob Riley. But well over half agree with Siegelman's demand for a recount of all 1.36 million ballots cast in the governor's race. That's according to the results of a new statewide survey conducted by the University of South Alabama for the Mobile Register.

426 Alabama adults were surveyed in the poll, which was conducted Monday through Thursday. It has a 4.7% sampling margin of error. Respondents in the survey included an almost equal number of Democrats and Republicans.

Lawyers for Riley contend that a recount would break a 1953 law barring ballots from being unsealed except in very limited circumstances. The Alabama Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday in the recount dispute.