Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore trails his Democratic rival Doug Jones by 10 points among likely voters, according to a Fox News poll published Monday.
What did the poll find?
The poll — conducted Thursday through Sunday — found that 50 percent of likely voters said they would support Jones, while 40 percent said they would support Moore. Another 2 percent said they would support a different candidate while 8 percent said they remain unsure.
Allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore rocked the Senate race in deep-red Alabama. Moore was accused of pursuing sexual encounters with teenage girls when he was in his early 30s. One of the accusers, Leigh Corfman, said Moore molested her when she was just 14 years old.
According to the poll, 39 percent of likely voters said they believe the allegations against Moore are true, while 33 percent said they do not.
Fox News noted that Alabama voters said a strong moral character is more important than how the candidate will vote in the Senate by a 15-point margin (48-33 percent).
Of the voters who said a candidate’s moral character is more important, Jones leads Moore by 60 percent to 30 percent. Of those who said how the candidate will vote in the Senate is more important than character, Moore leads Jones 54 percent to 38 percent.
Some Moore supporters have pointed to Jones’ position on abortion as a reason to stand by their candidate amid the allegations. Jones is pro-choice and has said he would not support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit elective abortions after 20 weeks.
According to the poll, 50 percent of Alabama voters said abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances, while 41 percent said it should be legal in all or most circumstances.
The poll also found that support for Moore among white evangelical Christians dropped eight points since last month.
Some Republicans such as President Donald Trump have voiced their support for Moore, while others such as Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby chose to support a write-in candidate rather than Moore.
The Alabama special election will take place on Tuesday.