McConnell eases stance on Moore, says voters should 'make the call'

Dec 05, 2017, 02:00
McConnell eases stance on Moore, says voters should 'make the call'

Judge Roy Moore and Doug Jones are in a statistical tie, according to a new poll out today from the Washington Post.

Only 5 percent of Republicans said the allegations are "definitely true", while 12 percent said they're "probably true".

The poll, conducted among 739 likely Alabama voters from November 27-30, has a 4.5-point margin of error.

This comes as the Republican has been targeted by Democrats and the mainstream media for unverified allegations from almost 40 years ago, but Moore is fighting back.

Meanwhile, a CBS News/You Gov poll shows that 71 percent of Alabama Republicans believe the allegations against Moore are false, and almost all those believe that Democrats and the media concocted the allegations. But Trump has since defended Moore, noting Moore has denied allegations of sexual misconduct.

The survey shows that allegations of improper sexual behavior against Moore, a former Alabama chief justice, hang heavily over a race that would favor a Republican under ordinary circumstances in this deeply conservative state.

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Moore responded to McConnell's statements with a tweet Sunday night. Moore leads among men by 15%. One of the accusers, Leigh Corfman, told The Washington Post she was 14 and Mr. Moore was 32 when he touched her over her underpants and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.

Not surprisingly, women are more likely to find the allegations against Moore to be credible and, in turn, are also more likely to support Jones. Change Research, in an online survey conducted Sunday and Monday, found that Moore led Jones 47 percent to 42 percent.

Moore, who beat incumbent Sen.

However, the poll also highlighted a continued division among Alabama voters on the validity of the allegations. The Post's poll similarly showed Republicans' disbelief about the allegations, with fewer than one in six Republican-leaning likely voters believing that Moore made unwanted sexual advances against the girls.

Fifty-three percent of Republican voters say they are concerned by the allegations, but say other aspects of the race are more important to them.

Several women have come forward to accuse Mr. Moore of inappropriately touching or pursuing relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was an adult.

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