Poll: Majority says Congress should investigate sexual harassment allegations against Trump

Poll: Majority says Congress should investigate sexual harassment allegations against Trump
© Greg Nash

A vast majority of respondents in a new poll think Congress should investigate sexual harassment allegations made against President Trump.

A new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday finds 70 percent of respondents think Congress should investigate the allegations.

Just one-quarter of respondents think Congress shouldn't investigate the accusations. 

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Republicans and Democrats differ on the issue. Just 39 percent of Republicans say they think Congress should look into the allegations against Trump, compared to 86 percent of Democrats who feel the same way. Another 67 percent of registered Independents polled agreed Congress should look into the allegations.

Multiple women accused Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign of sexual misconduct, most of them shortly after a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape surfaced in which Trump was heard making lewd comments about women.

Trump has denied the allegations and the White House said its official stance on the woman who have accused him of sexual harassment is that they are lying.

The poll also found that 73 percent of respondents think it is hypocritical for Trump to criticize other men who have been accused of sexual harassment. Just 16 percent think Trump is right to criticize others.

A majority of respondents, 66 percent, think if an elected official has been accused of sexual harassment or assault by multiple people, that the official should resign.

Forty-seven percent of women nationwide say they have been sexually assaulted, according to the poll, compared with 17 percent of men who say they have been sexually assaulted.

The poll was conducted from Nov. 29 to Dec. 4 among 1,747 adults. The margin of error is 2.8 percentage points.

The poll comes as a growing number of women have come forward in recent weeks to accuse public officials of sexual misconduct. 

Lawmakers, including Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenDemocrats turn on Al Franken Schumer called, met with Franken and told him to resign Overnight Finance: Trump says shutdown 'could happen' | Ryan, conservatives inch closer to spending deal | Senate approves motion to go to tax conference | Ryan promises 'entitlement reform' in 2018 MORE (D-Minn.) and Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersAbortion-rights group endorses Nadler in race to replace Conyers on Judiciary Democrats turn on Al Franken Michigan state senator to run for Congress MORE Jr. (D-Mich.), are facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Conyers on Tuesday stepped down from Congress. Franken is facing growing calls from multiple members of his party to resign.

Multiple figures in the media and in Hollywood have also been accused of sexual misconduct — and many have been fired and faced other repercussions for their alleged actions.