Most Call for Trump’s Resignation If Sex Allegations Are True
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Most voters believe the accusations several women have made against President Trump and say he should resign if they are proven true. But Republicans are far less convinced.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 58% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the allegations of sexual misconduct made by several women against Trump prior to his election as president. Twenty-eight percent (28%) do not, while 14% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
By comparison, 59% believe the allegations by several women who claim former President Bill Clinton sexually assaulted them. Just 13% don’t believe the allegations, while 28% are undecided. Clinton was only the second president in history to be impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, in his case for perjury and obstruction of justice in the investigation of his sexual relationship with a White House intern. But congressional Democrats rallied to prevent his removal from office.
Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters say Congress should open an investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump. Thirty-four percent (34%) disagree, and 10% are undecided.
Similarly, 57% think Trump should resign as president if the allegations against him prove to be true. Thirty-three percent (33%) say the president should not resign.
Perhaps most telling, however, is the finding that just eight percent (8%) of those who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing believe the allegations, compared to 95% of those who Strongly Disapprove of the president’s job performance.
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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 12-13, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Voters say sexual harassment is not a bigger problem these days. There is just more media coverage of it than in the past.
Women (63%) are more likely than men (53%) to believe the allegations of sexual misconduct made against Trump. By similar margins, women want a congressional investigation and the president’s resignation more than men do.
Those under 40 are more supportive of both an investigation and a resignation than older voters are.
Eighty-three percent (83%) of Democrats and 55% of voters not affiliated with either major party believe the women’s allegations, compared to just 34% of Republicans.
Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Democrats and 57% of unaffiliateds think that Congress should open an investigation and the president should resign if the allegations are proven to be true. That view is shared by only 31% and 33% of GOP voters respectively.
After allegations of sexual harassment by multiple women against then-Republican presidential nominee Trump and an Access Hollywood tape in which Trump talks about grabbing women surfaced, 57% of all voters said these allegations were at least somewhat important to their vote. But only 12% said the sexual harassment allegations changed their decision on which presidential candidate to vote for.
Some claim Republicans dodged a bullet with Roy Moore’s defeat in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama on Tuesday, but just 26% of GOP voters think a Moore win would have been bad for their party in the long run.
Having forced Senator Al Franken to resign over allegations of sexual impropriety, Democrats are now turning on Trump. Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters said Franken should resign from the Senate if the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against him proved to be true.
The wave of sexual harassment allegations which started with Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein also have included high-profile names in the news media. But 59% of Americans think it’s likely most of those in the media who have lost their jobs over allegations of sexual harassment will resume their careers within the next three to five years.
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