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Alabama's closely watched U.S. Senate race is a neck-and-neck contest as voter concerns about personal moral conduct weigh on the candidacy of Republican Roy Moore, according to a new Washington Post-Schar School poll. 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.

Trump has said Moore says the allegations are untrue, saying, "He denies it". Only 2 percent said they're "definitely false" and 5 percent said they're "probably false", while 7 percent said they don't have an opinion.

The CBS News/YouGov poll concluded that despite those allegations, Moore appears to have the confidence of Republican voters in the highly conservative state.

Several women have accused Moore of pursuing relationships with them when they were under the age of 18 during the late 1970's and early 1980's when the now-Senate candidate was a district attorney in his 30's. Less than half - 48 percent - said he's the best candidate for the job.

The Emerson Poll shows Moore with a six-point lead; JMC Analytics shows Moore with a five-point lead; and WBRC/Strategy Research shows Moore with a two-point lead.

Moore's opponent is Democrat Doug Jones. After the report, another woman came forward to accuse Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 16.

Moore, who beat incumbent Sen.

The Washington Post says only 35% of likely voters polled say they believe Moore made unwanted sexual advances on teen girls four decades ago.

Still, the most eye-popping statistic from the CBS poll is likely a reliable indicator of the Republican base's mentality: 71 percent of Republican voters don't believe the allegations against Moore are true, despite a preponderance of very credible evidence. Eighty percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said they trust Moore over Jones on abortion. No new allegations of sexual misconduct have emerged since around November 15; just this week Moore returned to the campaign trail, after laying low for 11 days.

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