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A new POLITICO/Morning Check with poll reveals voters nationally find the allegations against Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore credible – and many thinks Moore should drop from the race.
The poll – that was conducted prior to the most recent allegations against Moore leveled by Beverly Adolescent Nelson, who said Monday that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old – found 59 percent of voters say they considered the initial allegations against Moore outlined in a Washington Post article the other day very or somewhat credible. Just 17 percent declare the allegations aren’t too credible or not really credible at all. The rest of the 23 percent don’t find out or haven’t any opinion.
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There are partisan variations in national views of the Moore allegations, but also among Republican voters, even more find the allegations credible than not. Practically half of GOP voters, 49 percent, declare the accusations against Moore are in least somewhat credible; merely three-in-10 say they aren’t too credible or not really credible at all.
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Totally 60 percent of voters think Moore shouldn’t continue his campaign for Senate in light of the allegations, the poll shows. Only 16 percent believe Moore should continue his plan, and almost 1-in-4, 24 percent, are undecided.
Half of Republicans suspect Moore shouldn’t continue his plan – almost double the 26 percent who suspect he should continue.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday said Moore “should step aside.”
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, took it a stage further later Monday. “If he refuses to withdraw and wins,” Gardner said in a declaration, “the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet up with the ethical and moral requirements of america Senate.”
Moore, who actually defeated interim Sen. Luther Weird in the September GOP main runoff, was defiant Monday night in a declaration designed to assembled media back Alabama. “I wish to make it properly clear: The persons of Alabama find out me,” Moore stated. “They know my identity. They really know what I’ve stood for in the political universe for over 40 years. And I can tell you, without hesitation, that is absolutely false.”
The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll was conducted November 9-11, surveying 1,993 registered voters. The margin of error is definitely plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Morning Check with is a nonpartisan press and technology company that provides data-driven study and insights upon politics, policy and business strategy.
More details in the poll and its own methodology are available in these two documents – Toplines: http://politi.co/2ADtyKs | Crosstabs: http://politi.co/2yZ4pNW