Doug Jones trails Roy Moore by 6 points, new poll shows

Democrat Doug Jones (left), Republican Roy Moore (right) will square off against one another in the Dec. 12, 2017, general election.
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(AL.com) — Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has a 6 percentage point lead over former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in the upcoming U.S. Senate election, according to a new poll.

The poll commissioned by Decision Desk HQ surveyed 590 people by phone in the days after Moore defeated Luther Strange in the Republican runoff. Moore faces Democratic challenger Jones on December 12.

Of those surveyed, 296 people, 50.2 percent, said they planned to vote for Moore. Another 263 people, 44.5 percent, said they will vote for Jones. Another 5.3 percent were undecided.

The percentage that planned to vote for Jones is 11 points larger than the percentage that identified themselves as Democrats -- 33.1 percent. Another 53.9 percent identified as Republicans and another 13 percent described themselves as independents.

The survey also found 38.8 strongly approve of President Donald Trump's job performance, 15.8 percent somewhat approve, 7.5 slightly disapprove, 35.5 strongly disapprove, and 2.5 percent were undecided.

The survey has a 4 point margin of error.

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