Poll: Half of Minnesotans don’t think Franken should go through with resignation

Half of Minnesota voters surveyed in a recent poll don't think Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenDemocrats, GOP face crowded primaries as party leaders lose control Gillibrand: 'I definitely want to run for president again' Maher chides Democrats: We 'suck the fun out of everything' MORE (D-Minn.) should go through with his planned resignation.

A new Public Policy Polling survey found 50 percent of voters in Minnesota don't think the Minnesota Democrat should resign in the face of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Forty-two percent of Minnesotans think Franken should resign.


Among Democrats, 71 percent don't think Franken should resign.

The poll also finds that 53 percent of voters approve of the job Franken is doing in office, compared to 42 percent who don't approve. His approval rating is slightly higher among women, with 57 percent of women saying they approve of his job performance, compared with 37 percent who don't.

The poll was conducted from Dec. 26 - 27 among 671 Minnesota voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

Franken has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct. 

The Minnesota Democrat announced his resignation from the Senate earlier this month in a defiant floor speech. In the speech, he said some accusations of sexual misconduct against him were not true, while he remembered others differently.

Leading up to his decision, he faced enormous pressure from his own colleagues to step down, with numerous Democrats in the Senate calling for his resignation.

The Senate Ethics Committee had previously launched a probe into the allegations.

A spokesman for Franken said earlier this month that the senator will step down on Jan 2. 

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, has tapped the state’s Democratic lieutenant governor, Tina Smith, to temporarily fill Franken’s Senate seat once he leaves the chamber.