Less than a quarter of Minnesotans believe Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., should keep his seat amid allegations of sexual misconduct, a new poll shows.
Just a week after a radio host accused Franken of forcibly kissing her and groping her, a KSTP/SurveyUSA poll revealed that only 22 percent of Minnesotan believe he should stay in office. Additionally, 33 percent say he should resign, while 36 percent say he should hold off until the Senate Ethics Committee concludes their investigation. KSTP is a local ABC affiliate.
If Franken kept his seat, 37 percent say he would be an “ineffective” senator, in contrast to 32 percent who say he would be an “effective” senator. Thirty-two percent responded they were unsure.
Franken’s approval rating has dropped to 36 percent, in comparison to 53 percent in November 2016. In contrast, Sen. Amy Kobuchar, D-Minn., maintains a 56 percent approval rating.
Leeann Tweeden, a radio host and former sports commentator publicly accused Franken last week of forcefully kissing her when the two were practicing a skit as part of a USO tour in the Middle East in 2006. She also said Franken groped her while she slept on the flight from Afghanistan after the tour ended. A photo was released that shows the senator, then a comedian, touching Tweeden’s breasts while she was sleeping.
Franken has apologized for his behavior and said the photo was intended to be a joke, but added that he now realizes it was not funny. He said he would comply with an investigation into allegations from the Senate Ethics Committee.
Another woman came forward Monday and said Franken groped her while posing for a photo.
The poll was conducted Monday with 600 Minnesotans. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.