Minnesota Voters Have Bad News for Al Franken

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November 22, 2017Nov 22, 2017

Less than a week ago, Minnesota Senator Al Franken was accused of sexually assaulting a radio news anchor while on a USO tour in TK. In the time since then, his approval rating has plummeted. It dropped even further after another woman accused him of harrasing and stalking her. 

Although Franken has said he has no intention of resigning from the Senate, Minnesotans don’t seem to agree. In a poll conducted by KTSP, a local partner of ABC, many Minnesotans said he should resign.

The poll was taken on Monday night, and it polled 600 Minnesotans with varying political affiliations and ages. Only 22 percent of Minnesotans surveyed said Franken should definitely remain in office. Another 33 percent say he should resign. The remaining 36 percent said they were waiting for results of a Senate Ethics Committee investigation. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percent.

"To me the striking findings in this poll are first, that only 22 percent are behind Al Franken staying in office," Carleton College Political Scientist Steven Schier told KSTP.

Schier also observed that there isn’t a demographic where a majority thinks Franken should remain in office. That doesn’t bode well for Franken.

The poll also looked at if voters believed Franken could be effective if he does stay in office. Only 32 percent say he can be an "effective” senator. Meanwhile, 37 percent say he would be "ineffective.” The remaining 32 percent said they were not sure.

Below are the full results of the survey. It was a SurveyUSA news poll sponsored by KSTP and conducted between Nov. 20 and 21. It asked 600 Minnesota adults about allegations against U.S. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota.

The first question was: “Based on what you know right now, should United States Sen. Al Franken remain in office? Should he resign from office? Or should he wait for results of a Senate Ethics Committee investigation before deciding what to do?”

Overall Results (4.1 percent margin of error)

Remain in Office -- 22 percent

Resign from Office -- 33 percent

Wait for Results -- 36 percent

Not Sure -- 10 percent

The results were also broken down by gender and party affiliation.

Male

Remain in Office -- 21 percent

Resign from Office -- 35 percent

Wait for Results -- 35 percent

Not Sure -- 9 percent

Female

Remain in Office -- 23 percent

Resign from Office -- 30 percent

Wait for Results -- 36 percent

Not Sure -- 11 percent

Party Affiliation (aggregate)

Democrat

Remain in Office -- 34 percent

Resign from Office -- 14 percent

Wait for Results -- 46 percent

Not Sure -- 6 percent

Republican

Remain in Office -- 12 percent

Resign from Office -- 61 percent

Wait for Results -- 18 percent

Not Sure -- 9 percent

Independent

Remain in Office -- 22 percent

Resign from Office -- 30 percent

Wait for Results -- 40 percent

Not Sure -- 9 percent

The second question read: “If Franken does remain in office, will he be effective or ineffective in the Senate?”

Overall Results (4.1 percent margin of error)

Effective -- 32 percent

Ineffective -- 37 percent

Not Sure -- 32 percent

Likewise, these results were broken down into gender and political affiliation.

Male

Effective -- 30 percent

Ineffective -- 42 percent

Not Sure -- 28 percent

Female

Effective -- 34 percent

Ineffective -- 31 percent

Not Sure -- 35 percent

Party Affiliation (aggregate)

Democrat

Effective -- 52 percent

Ineffective -- 19 percent

Not Sure -- 29 percent

Republican

Effective -- 16 percent

Ineffective -- 61 percent

Not Sure -- 22 percent

Independent

Effective - 30 percent

Ineffective -- 36 percent

Not Sure - 34 percent

Before the scandal involving Leeann Tweeden surface last Thursday, Senator Franken's approval rating in Minnesota was 53 percent; now it stands at His approval rating now stands at just 36 percent. He's 20 points lower than fellow Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is at 56 percent.

Franken’s deputy chief of staff, Ed Shelleby, issued a statement from Franken about the poll.

"I know I've let people down and disappointed a lot of people—many Minnesotans, my family, and my friends," Franken said in the statement. "To all of them let me say I'm so sorry. And I hope you know I'm committed to regaining your trust."

If you'd like to know more about the accusations against Democrat Al Franken, here's the full story

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