The poll also shows evangelicals circling the wagon around Roy Moore following child sex allegations.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones leads Republican opponent Roy Moore by 4 points in the Alabama race, according to a new poll.
The poll, conducted by Louisiana-based JMC Analytics, was conducted after allegations surfaced in the Washington Post that Moore had pursued a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.
Moore has denied the claims – which the Post only reported after speaking to dozens of witnesses –, but they appear to have taken a toll – a separate poll taken before the report on October 31 had Moore leading Jones by 17-points.
The JMC poll has a margin of error of 4-points, meaning the result is a statistical tie.
When leaners are included, Jones leads Moore 48-44.
The poll also revealed how Alabamans were reacting to the news. While 38 percent said the accusations made them less likely to support Moore, a shocking 29 percent said they were more likely to support him.
Among evangelical Christians, the situation is reversed. 37 percent said the accusations made them more more likely to support Moore, while only 28 percent said it made them less likely to support him.
Moore didn’t help himself after the news broke. IIn an interview with Sean Hannity, he had difficulty denying that he had dated teenagers when he was in his thirties. When pressed, he told Hannity that he had never dated “any girl without her mother’s permission.”
Three other women say Moore dated them while they were teenagers, but only one of his four accusers says she was underage at the time.
Alabama voters will choose between Moore and Doug Jones – who is known for having successfully prosecuted Ku Klux Klan members for the bombing that killed four young girls at a black church in Birmingham in the 60s – on December 12.