A new poll on the Alabama Senate race conducted the day allegations about Roy Moore’s sexual and romantic pursuits of teenage girls were revealed has Moore, a Republican, neck-and-neck with Democrat Doug Jones.
The Opinion-Savvy poll of likely Alabama voters commissioned for DecisionDeskHQ has the two nearly tied, with Moore at 46.4 percent and Jones at 46 percent.
The poll was conducted the same day four women revealed to the Washington Post that Moore had pursued romantic and sexual relations with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. One woman said Moore initiated sexual contact with her when she was 14. Moore was an assistant district attorney at the time. Three other women said Moore took them out on dates when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.
Most of those surveyed, 82.2 percent, said they were aware of the allegations against Moore, while 54 percent said they didn’t believe the conservative judge should withdraw from the Senate race.
The vast majority of Republicans, nearly 73 percent, don’t think Moore should exit the race.
In the wake of the Washington Post’s revelations, some have suggested Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., should mount a write-in campaign, though he declined to say whether he would.
Strange lost to Moore in the Republican primary in September.
In a three-way race between Moore, Jones and Strange, Moore falls behind Jones with 41.3 percent, compared to the Democrat’s 43.6 percent, according to the poll.
Jeffrey Blehar, an elections analyst for DecisionDeskHQ, noted that though the poll was conducted the day the sexual allegations against Moore were published, the story may not have fully sunken in.
“This was done the same day the Moore child-molestation story broke. But perhaps before it had a chance to fully sink in,” he tweeted.
The Opinion-Savvy poll was conducted Nov. 9 and surveyed 515 likely voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percent.