Although businessman Herman Cain remains a top tier Republican candidate for president, a new Politico/George Washington University poll reveals that the multiple sexual harassment claims against him are taking a toll, especially among women.
After one of the women, Sharon Bialek of Chicago, went public with her account of Cain crudely propositioning her for sex in 1997, Cain’s support among likely GOP voters fell from 40 percent to 19 percent, putting him in third place. Among Republican women, he had 21 percent support compared to 32 percent among men.
“It does appear that the stories are certainly hurting him,” Republican pollster Ed Goeas of the Tarrance Group told Politico. “As this moves forward, I think it does become more and more a deal-breaker.”
The poll of 1,000 likely voters, including 436 Republicans, was conducted Nov. 6-9 by The Tarrance Group and Lake Research Partners. The nationwide telephone survey had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.