Shock: Just 22% of Minnesotans say Al Franken should stay in Senate

November 27, 2017

Only 22% of Minnesota voters who responded to a KSTP-TV/SurveyUSA poll on November 22 think that Democrat Senator Al Franken should remain in the U.S. Senate after fielding allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct over the past week.

Radio anchor Leeann Tweeden said Franken “forcibly” kissed her and took a photo pretending to grope her while they both were on a USO tour in 2006—before he was elected to the Senate.

Another woman came forward to say that Franken had grabbed her buttocks while he posed for a picture with her at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010, during his first term. Franken issued apologies to both women and said he welcomes a potential investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee.

After the allegations came to light, KSTP/SurveyUSA conducted a poll among 600 Minnesotans. Just 22% percent of respondents said they thought Franken should stay in the Senate, while 33% urged him to resign outright. Another 36%, the pollsters said, thought that no decision should be made until after the Senate Ethics Committee has conducted its. Ten percent said they were unsure what should happen.

Should Franken choose to remain in office, just 32% said they believed he could be an “effective” senator, while 37% said he’d risk being “ineffective.” Thirty-two percent said they are unsure of whether Franken still could be an “effective” senator.

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