Two new polls show that most U.S. voters think the recent allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore makes them unfit to serve.
In the wake of sexual harassment allegations against Franken, a KSTP/SurveyUSA poll finds that 33 percent of his constituents say the comic-turned-lawmaker should resign. Another 36 percent think he should see what comes of a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into his past behavior before he makes that decision.
Last week, Franken was accused of kissing and groping TV host and sports broadcaster Leeann Tweeden without her consent in 2006. Earlier this week, 33-year-old Lindsay Menz says Franken touched her inappropriately during a photo op in 2010, while he was a senator.
Franken has apologized for his actions, but since the allegations came out, multiple lawmakers have called for an ethics investigation into the congressman’s behavior, a move which Franken himself has said he supports.
Of Republicans surveyed, a paltry 12 percent think the man should remain in office, compared to the whopping 61 percent who say Franken should resign.
Franken’s approval rating in Minnesota has also tanked. Thirty-six percent of respondents approve of the job Franken is doing, compared with 53 percent who approved of the Minnesota Democrat in November 2016.
The survey was taken from Nov. 20-21 among 600 Minnesotans. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.
A Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday had similar results, with most U.S. voters saying that they think the recent allegations against Franken and Moore should have lasting consequences.
Fifty percent of voters surveyed said Franken should resign, compared to 22 percent who believe he should stay in office until his term ends in January 2021, the Nov. 16-19 poll found.
Even among Democrats, 49 percent think the comedian-turned-lawmaker should step down.
The Senate Ethics Committee announced last week it would investigate the charges against Franken, but 46 percent think the upper chamber should go ahead and expel him.
On the Republican side of the aisle, voters polled nationwide said that if Roy Moore wins the special election on Dec. 12, 57 percent believe he should be kicked out of the Senate before he is even allowed to serve. Only 18 percent say the Republican should be permitted to serve on behalf of Alabama voters.
Roughly half of voters say elected officials who have been accused of sexual misconduct should resign, including 59 percent of Democrats and 46 percent of Republicans.
The Morning Consult/Politico poll also asked voters to weigh in on former President Bill Clinton’s actions more than two decades ago, when he admitted he had an extramarital affair with then-intern Monica Lewinsky and other women.
“Sixty-five percent of voters say allegations against Clinton are credible, and just 17 percent disagree. Less than half of voters, 49 percent, say claims against Trump are valid versus the 29 percent who disagree,” according to poll results posted in The Washington Examiner.
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