Poll finds Alexander leading Ball 55-33 with leaners

A new New York Times/CBS News/YouGov tracking poll shows U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander leading Democratic challenger Gordon Ball — but still polling under 50 percent of likely voters, according to the Commercial Appeal.

When poll respondents who indicated they are “leaning” Republican or Democratic in the race are included, however, Alexander was leading 55 to 33 percent in the poll of 974 likely voters conducted Oct. 16-23. Without the leaners, Alexander led 47 to 30 percent when respondents were asked which candidate they would vote for in the Senate election.

…The poll may be somewhat skewed because it did not include enough respondents in either the 18 to 29 age category nor the Hispanic category to include those voters in the breakdowns by age and race.

The poll indicates Alexander had the backing of 81 percent of Republicans, 49 percent of those who identified themselves as independents and 5 percent of Democrats, while Ball had the support of 75 percent of Democrats polled, 18 percent of independents and 3 percent of Republicans.