Fewer than 1 in 4 Minnesotans want Franken to stay in Senate

Fewer than 1 in 4 Minnesotans want Franken to stay in Senate
Al Franken and Leeann Tweeden (Images: Left: Shutterstock; right: via Twitter)

[Ed. – Could this be the end of Sen. Stuart Smalley?]

Al Franken’s colleagues on Capitol Hill and former colleagues on Saturday Night Live might be circling the wagons around him after two allegations of sexual harassment have emerged. The one group that really matters has not — his constituents. A new poll commissioned by local ABC affiliate KSTP shows that only 22% of Minnesotans believe Franken should remain in office, with the remainder split almost evenly between waiting out a Senate Ethics Committee investigation and an immediate resignation. Veteran political analyst Steven Schier notes that there is no good news for Franken anywhere in this poll:

In less than a week since sexual harassment allegations were leveled against Minnesota Senator Al Franken, his approval rating has plummeted and many Minnesotans say he should resign, according to an exclusive KSTP/SurveyUSA poll.

In a poll conducted Monday night after allegations from a second woman were made public, only 22 percent of 600 Minnesotans surveyed said he should remain in office. Another 33 percent say he should resign, while 36 percent say he should wait for results of a Senate Ethics Committee investigation. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percent.

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