A wide-ranging poll conducted by an Alabama firm indicates Republican Roy Moore is still holding a strong lead in his Senate race. At the same time, Democrat Doug Jones is polling well enough to show “signs of life” for the Democratic Party in a deeply Republican state, the poll’s memo said.
Moore holds an eight-point lead over Jones in the poll released exactly two months before the election. Moore got support from 49 percent of poll participants to Jones’ 41 percent. That’s consistent with two other polls released during the general election campaign that had Moore leading by six and eight points.
Name recognition is still an issue for Jones, the poll said. Eighteen percent of poll participants said they had “never heard” of Jones — the former U.S. attorney who successfully prosecuted two men charged in the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham that killed four young girls during the Civil Rights Movement.
Meanwhile, Jones has a five-point lead among poll participants ages 18-49, which the poll memo said would make up just 27 percent of the projected electorate. Voters 50 and older, however, favor Moore by 12 points.
— Doug Jones (@GDouglasJones) October 11, 2017
New Cygnal/L2 poll of #alsen:
— Daniel Strauss (@DanielStrauss4) October 12, 2017
Moore’s fav/unfav: 52/38 percent. 3 percent never heard of him.
Jones’ fav/unfav: 42/28 percent. 18 percent never heard of him. #ALSEN
— Brian Lyman (@lyman_brian) October 12, 2017