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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field

Poll: Republicans Less Likely to Believe Cain Allegations

photo of Steven Shepard
November 7, 2011

A plurality of Americans think that the sexual harassment allegations against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain are true, but Republicans are less likely to believe the accusations, according to a new Pew Research Center poll conducted before a fourth woman came forward on Monday to allege that Cain groped her in 1997.

Among those Americans who have heard a lot or a little about the allegations against Cain, 39 percent think those allegations are true, while 24 percent believe they are false. Thirty-six percent of Americans said they don't know if they are true or false.

But among Republicans familiar with the allegations against Cain, just 29 percent say they think they are true, while 39 percent believe they are false. Just 24 percent of Republican women think that the allegations are true and 46 percent believe they are false. GOP men are split: 34 percent believe the allegations against Cain are true and 33 percent think they are false.

 

The Pew Research Center poll was conducted November 3-6 and surveyed 1,005 adults. Of that number, 815 have heard a lot or a little about the accusations against Cain; those results have a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percent. The margin of error is larger for subgroups.

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