Ten Commandments Poll

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More than 60-percent of respondents to a statewide poll don't think Roy Moore's Ten Commandment crusade should have cost the former chief justice his job.

Many also say they would vote for the former state Supreme Court chief justice if he ran for U.S. Senator or even President next year.

The poll, conducted Monday through Thursday by the Mobile Register-University of South Alabama, has a five-percentage point margin of error.

Earlier this month, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary found Moore guilty of ethics violations after he defied a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building. He has until mid-December to appeal.

His support dropped, however, when respondents were asked whether they believed he should have obeyed the federal judge. Fifty-one-percent supported Moore's defiance of the order.

Moore, who was elected chief justice in 2000, has said he has no current plans to run for political office.

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, a Republican from Tuscaloosa who has served three terms, is up for re-election next year. A U.S. Senate seat is one of the few statewide offices traditionally considered to be more prominent than chief justice.

Speculation has swirled in political circles that Moore might challenge Shelby and try to take the Ten Commandments cause to the nation's capital. The poll found Moore garnering 42-percent and Shelby receiving 40-percent.