McConnell: 'I'm Going To Let' Voters Decide Moore's Fitness For Office

Oscar Cross
December 5, 2017

Likely Republican voters overwhelmingly believe the allegations against Mr. Moore are false, according to the CBS poll released Sunday. They're more likely to vote for him because he'll "cast conservative votes" (52 percent) and support the president's agenda (49 percent). That is well within the poll's 4.5-point margin of error, but the survey does show that the allegations of sexual misconduct have severely hurt the Republican candidate who was once seen as the favorite to easily win the race.

Jones is leading among women polled by 18%.

Moore was leading Democrat Doug Jones 49 to 43 percent among voters likely to cast ballots in the December 12 special election, CBS said. Moore has denied the allegations.

Republican lawmakers in Washington, including Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, have distanced themselves from Moore and called for him to step down from the race after he was accused by several women of sexual assault and misconduct when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s. Moore leads among men by 15%.

The Fox News Poll sample of 649 likely voters included 48 percent Republicans, 42 percent Democrats, and ten percent independents, which appears to be an unusual oversampling of Democrats and undersampling of Republicans. Change Research, in an online survey conducted Sunday and Monday, found that Moore led Jones 47 percent to 42 percent.


The Washington Post published a bombshell report last month on the allegations based on interviews with more than 30 people.

Moore, who beat incumbent Sen.

Thirty-five percent of respondents to the Post's poll said they think Moore did make unwanted advances toward teenage girls, while 37 percent said they were unsure or had no opinion. Seventeen percent believed the allegations to be true. Like Trump, Moore has not given any ground, instead attempting to poke holes in picayune details surrounding the accusations against him.

Nine women reportedly have made allegations against Moore.

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