Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is ahead of Democratic challenger Doug Jones, despite several recent allegations of sexual misconduct, a new poll says.
But Moore's lead might reflect the politics of people polled. Of the 1,059 respondents, 62.3 percent identified as Republican and 37.7 identified as Democrat.
Four women accused the Moore of pursuing sexual and romantic relations with them when they were between the ages of 14 and 18, and he was in his 30s, the Washington Post first reported earlier this month. Others have come forward with additional allegations since then. Moore has repeatedly denied the accusations.
Just last week following the allegations, a Fox News poll revealed half of likely Alabama voters say they would vote for Jones if the special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vacant Senate seat were held today. In contrast, only 42 percent of likely voters said they would vote for Moore. The numbers for registered voters were nearly identical, with 49 percent saying they would back Jones and 40 percent saying they would vote for Moore, giving Jones a 9-percent lead.
The RealClearPolitics poll average currently shows Jones ahead by almost 1 percent. Moore is up against Jones next month in the Alabama special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ empty U.S. Senate seat.
The Sky Research poll was conducted on Tuesday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.