Poll: 50% of Voters Say Democrat Al Franken Should Resign

Well, he ain't going anywhere. Even after the second accuser came out and said Franken groped her in 2010. You can't even find this scandal on the news anymore. And you need constant negative media headlines for a resignation to take place. Al Franken knows that a Dem needs only to put out a statement of apology and then disappear. Thanksgiving is tomorrow. The news will be parades and then it will quickly switch to shopping season and how good or bad the retails sales numbers are. The Franken scandal will be long forgotten by Monday morning.

A majority of voters think the Senate Ethics Committee should investigate Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), and half think Franken should resign from the Senate, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.

The poll was conducted after radio personality Leeann Tweeden alleged that Franken groped her in 2006, prior to his Senate tenure — but before a second woman, Lindsay Menz, said that Franken touched her inappropriately while he was a senator in 2010. Still, 66 percent of voters said the ethics panel should probe Franken’s conduct, while only 15 percent think the committee should not look into the matter.

Fully 50 percent of voters think Franken, who has served in the Senate since 2009, should resign, and 22 percent think he should not resign.

The Franken results, though, underscore a partisan divide in how voters view allegations of sexual misconduct against political figures. Democratic voters are more likely to find allegations against Democrats credible and endorse significant punishments than Republican voters are when it comes to allegations against GOP lawmakers and candidates.

When it comes to Franken, the partisan gap is narrow: Forty-nine percent of Democrats think he should resign, along with 56 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of independents.