Republicans and Democrats are sharply divided on their reactions to sexual assault allegations, according to a study published Wednesday.
At 93 percent, Democratic respondents are more likely to believe those who claim they are victims of sexual assault, compared to 78 percent of Republicans, according to the Time Magazine and SurveyMonkey poll. Fifty-two percent of Republican respondents believe that the media’s coverage of sexual assault allegations is unfair, while only 20 percent of Democrats claim biased media coverage.
This study also shows a vast disparity across the aisle when it comes to lawmakers accused of assault. Seventy-one percent of Republicans and 74 percent of Democrats believe that a Democratic congressman accused of sexual harassment should resign from office, according to the study. However, when an accused congressman is a member of the GOP, 54 percent of Republicans want the congressman to resign, compared to 82 percent of Democrats, the study found.
Due to the recent surge of sexual assault allegations on the heels of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, Time Magazine announced that 2017’s “Person of the Year” is the “Silence Breakers,” those who spurred the #MeToo movement. The results of the outlet’s poll show that 77 percent of Democrats believe the #MeToo movement will lead to change, while 55 percent of Republicans think the movement is a distraction.
The poll surveyed 2,358 adults between Nov. 28-30, with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.
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