Craig announced September 1 he planned to resign his post at the end of the month.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - On the same day that lawyers for Sen. Larry Craig formally seek to withdraw his misdemeanor guilty plea, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll indicates an overwhelming majority of Americans think the Idaho Republican should stick with his decision to resign.
According to the poll released Monday, 67 percent of Americans think Craig should resign, while only 26 percent say he should hold on to his seat. Solid majorities of both Republicans and Democrats said that the embattled Idaho senator should go. 7 percent said they were unsure.
The poll, conduced on September 7-9, surveyed 1,017 Americans and carries a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
Craig, 62, announced September 1 that he would resign at the end of the month. He then appeared to backtrack a bit when he told Senate leaders last week that he would remain in office if he is able to get the plea overturned.
Craig's court papers will argue that the senator essentially pleaded guilty to facts that did not constitute a crime, said a source with knowledge of the case. The source, who asked for anonymity because the pleadings had not yet been filed, told CNN on Sunday that Craig waived his rights to trial and counsel and never saw a judge before entering a plea by mail.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney