A Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey shows half of Minnesota voters believe Democratic Sen. Al Franken should not leave the Senate, despite having already promised to resign amidst numerous sexual assault allegations.
Only 42 percent of the state’s voters think he should keep his word and bow out of Congress, while a whopping 71 percent of Minnesota Democrats support him staying. Fifty-two percent of Independents think he should remain a senator, with only 41 percent of them supporting his resignation. Fifty percent of overall voters surveyed believe he shouldn’t resign.
Franken’s job approval rating remains high at 53 percent compared to only 42 percent who disapprove of his performance. Surprisingly, his popularity is being helped by women with a 57 percent positive rating, and only 37 percent opposing him, according to PPP.
Franken was accused by radio host Leeann Tweeden in late November of forcibly kissing and groping her during a USO tour in 2006. Franken continued to face allegations of misconduct from several other women, who claim he was sexually inappropriate with them during his time in the U.S. Senate. He was eventually urged by members of his own party to step down.
Franken said he would officially resign “in the coming weeks” during a speech from the Senate floor in early December, but has yet to do so — fueling speculation he may try to weather to storm and retain his seat.
There is a strong desire to see a more complete and full investigation however, before Franken makes a final decision. Sixty percent of Minnesotans believe the Senate Ethics committee should have finished their inquiry, along with 70 percent of Democrats and 61% of independents. Thirty-five percent of state voters still believe Franken should resign effective immediately.
The survey polled 671 Minnesota voters from December 26th-27th and had a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percent.
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