Alabama Senate race poll: Tommy Tuberville holds double-digit lead over Doug Jones
Republican nominee Tommy Tuberville has a double-digit lead over U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, according to a poll released Monday.
The survey by Cygnal found Tuberville, a former Auburn football coach, with 55% of the vote. Jones had 41%. Another 4% were undecided.
The poll of 645 likely voters also found strong partisanship in the race, with Tuberville getting 92% of the vote of Republicans and Jones getting 97% of the vote of Democrats. Jones held a slight lead with independents (50% to 45%). Jones was also running slightly ahead of a generic Democrat (who got about 39% of the vote).
The poll did not ask respondents for their presidential preferences. It did find that 59% of those surveyed approved of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey.
There have been few public polls of the Alabama Senate race, but most to this point have shown Tuberville with a double-digit lead over Jones. Tuberville, running in his first election, has run a low-key campaign, avoiding most media appearances and running ads designed to turn out Republican voters. Tuberville has focused on social issues like abortion and guns. Tuberville has also criticized Jones for his opposition to the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jones says the process was rushed and that he would not vote for a nominee before the election.
Jones, who outraised and outspent Tuberville in the third quarter of the year, has stressed his response to the COVID-19 outbreak and calls for more direct economic aid and supplies to those on the front lines. He has also stressed his desire to protect health care, and attacked Tuberville over a nonprofit and his role in a hedge fund in which Tuberville’s partner pleaded guilty. Tuberville was not charged, though he later settled a lawsuit with investors. His campaign says he was a victim.
Cygnal conducted the poll between Oct. 21 and Oct. 23, using live interviews on cell phones and landlines; interactive voice response (IVR), or computers conducting telephone interviews; emailed invitations to registered voters, and online samples acquired by text messaging. The poll has a margin of error of 3.86%.
According to Cygnal, about 63% of the respondents were 50 and older. 49% identified as Republicans.
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