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Poll: Most in NJ want Menendez to resign if found guilty

Poll: Most in NJ want Menendez to resign if found guilty
© Greg Nash

The vast majority of people polled in New Jersey want Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSenate presses Biden's pick for secretary of State on Iran, China, Russia and Yemen Year-end deal creates American Latino, women's history museums Lawmakers call for including creation of Latino, women's history museums in year-end spending deal MORE (D) to step down if he's found guilty on charges of bribery, according to a new poll that shows the embattled senator's favorability rating plummeting. 

Eighty-four percent of likely voters call for him to resign in a new Suffolk University poll commissioned by USA Today, while just 10 percent believe he should stay in office if convicted. Those high marks are even reflected among Democrats, as more than three quarters agree he should not remain in office if convicted. 
 
His favorable rating is upside down in the state, with 46 percent of likely voters viewing him unfavorably compared with the just 20 percent of voters who view him favorably. 
 
Menendez is accused of helping his friend, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, obtain visas for female friends and advocating on his behalf with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in exchange for lavish gifts and campaign contributions. 
 
He has so far refused to entertain the prospect of a resignation, professing his innocence. But Republicans have upped the pressure on Democrats, pushing them to commit to call for his resignation if Menendez is found guilty.