Over the weekend, CBS reported that Judge Roy Moore now has a commanding lead over Doug Jones, his Democrat opponent, and a huge majority of Alabama Republicans believe the allegations against him are untrue. Moreover, many of those Republicans believe the allegations were created by Democrats and their media allies.
According to CBS:
The poll found 92 percent of Republicans who don’t believe the allegations against Moore say the Democrats are behind the charges, and 88 percent say newspapers and the media are behind them.
Multiple women have come forwardor touching them when they were teenagers. The youngest woman to accuse Moore says she was 14 and he was 32 at the time.
The Senate contest looks to be highly dependent on turnout. Moore has a lead over Democrat, 49 percent to 43 percent, among the likely voters who are most apt to vote on Dec. 12. Among all registered voters, the contest is even. And nearly a quarter of voters still describe themselves as “maybe” or “probably” going to vote.
Whether the allegations are true or not, the survey’s respondents were asked if what Moore is accused of is serious — and 82 percent said it was, while 18 percent said it was not serious. Twenty-one percent said the allegations do not concern them and 52 percent said the allegations concern them but “other things matter more,” while just 27 percent said the allegations were the “top concern” in the race.
Likely voters who do not believe the allegations said that they believe a combination of forces — including newspapers and the media, Democrats, other Republicans, and “people seeking attention or money” — are “behind” the allegations against Moore. Eighty-nine percent said that newspaper and the media are behind them, while only 11 percent said they were not behind them. When asked if Democrats were behind the allegations, 91 percent said yes and only 9 percent said no — while 51 percent believe other Republicans were behind them and 49 percent do not. When it comes to “people seeking attention or money,” 93 percent believe they are behind the allegations and only seven percent do not.
Stunningly, as well, another detail in the poll finds that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s original opposition to Moore—and his calls for Moore to “step aside” — only helped Moore solidify more support in the wake of the allegations. A whopping 30 percent of likely voters said that McConnell’s call for Moore to step aside in the wake of the allegations said it made them more likely to back Moore, while just six percent said it made them less likely to back Moore. Sixty-four percent of likely voters say that McConnell’s call for Moore to step aside does not matter in their voting decision.
“This poll is further proof that Mitch McConnell has zero sway or influence over Republican voters,” said Andy Surabian, a senior adviser to the Great America Alliance and an ex-White House aide who worked as a deputy for then-Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon. “Never has a party leader been so universally disliked by the very voters he’s supposed to represent.”
The special election is set for December 12.
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