Fifty percent of U.S. voters think Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken should resign over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The Politico/Morning Consult poll shows half of the country does not believe Franken is still fit to serve as a United States Senator after two women accused him of groping them without their consent.
News anchor Leeann Tweeden accused Franken on Thursday of forcibly kissing her and groping her on a USO tour in 2006. Franken apologized for his behavior, but another woman accused him Monday of groping her in 2010. The senator assumed office in 2009.
Many members of Franken’s own party believe he should resign. At least three left-wing activist groups have now called for his resignation. Forty-nine percent of Democrats believe Franken should step down, according to the poll. Fifty-six percent of Republicans believe Franken should resign.
The poll also shows 66 percent of voters believe the Senate Ethics Committee should investigate the allegations against Franken.
The poll surveyed 2,586 voters between Nov. 16-19. There was a margin of error of two percentage points.
For his part, Senator Franken’s staff says he won’t be resigning.
Sen. Al Franken says he will not resign in the wake of accusations that he sexually assaulted and harassed Los Angeles-based radio host, Leeann Tweeden, and groped a woman at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair. Instead, he’ll spend his Thanksgiving break from Congress thinking about what he’s done.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that a spokesman for the senator said Franken will spend these next several days “reflecting” on his actions, as though he were a small child sent to his room without dinner.
“He is spending time with his family in Washington, D.C., and will be through the Thanksgiving holiday, and he’s doing a lot of reflecting,” the spokesperson said.