Poll: Republican voters say Dems have sexual harassment problem, GOP doesn't

Poll: Republican voters say Dems have sexual harassment problem, GOP doesn't
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A majority of Republicans in a new poll say Democrats have a sexual harassment problem, while a majority of Democrats say both parties do.

A HuffPost–YouGov survey finds 76 percent of Republicans and Republican leaners think Democrats have a very or somewhat serious problem with sexual harassment.

But just 40 percent of Republicans think sexual harassment is a very or somewhat serious problem in their own party, while a slightly higher percentage, 43 percent of Republicans, think it's not an issue within their own party.

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A majority of Democrats, 60 percent, think their own party has a sexual harassment problem, while 75 percent of Democrats think sexual harassment is a very or somewhat serious problem within the GOP.

The poll was conducted from Nov. 16 to 17 and includes 1,000 completed interviews.

The poll comes as an increasing number of people have come forward in recent weeks to allege sexual misconduct against public figures.

The dates of the survey would include allegations of sexual misconduct that have been made against political figures 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 Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Franken was accused by a woman of kissing and groping her without her consent. Other women have alleged Franken groped them during photo ops.

Moore is facing multiple allegations of inappropriate contact with teenagers. A report earlier this month said a woman accused Moore of initiating a sexual encounter with her in 1979 when she was 14 and he was 32. Another woman has accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 16.

Film producer and Democratic mega-donor Harvey Weinstein was terminated from his position as co-chairman of The Weinstein Company after allegations of sexual harassment against him were revealed in October.

The poll was taken before recent allegations against 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.).

A former staffer in one of Conyers's state offices accused him of sexual misconduct in a story published early Tuesday by The Detroit News. Conyers earlier this week stepped down from his position as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee after acknowledging that he settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015, but denied the sexual harassment allegations made against him.