Poll: 39% think Cain accusations are true
November 7th, 2011
09:31 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: 39% think Cain accusations are true

(CNN) - The latest poll assessing the impact of allegations of sexual misconduct on Herman Cain's GOP presidential campaign shows that a plurality of Americans think the claims are true.

39% of those polled who have heard a lot about the allegations said they thought the claims were true, according to the Pew Research Center poll. Twenty-four percent said the claims were false and 36% said they didn't know.

The poll, which was done before a Monday news conference in which a woman alleged that Cain had groped her in a parked car, showed a majority of respondents were familiar with the allegations against Cain. 51% said they had heard a lot about the accusations, while 24% said they had heard a little and 23% said they had heard nothing at all.

When separated by party affiliation, the numbers diverged on whether people thought the allegations were true.

51% of those polled who were Democrats or leaned toward Democrats said they thought the claims were true, while 29% of Republicans said they thought the accusations were true.

When asked to characterize the media coverage of Cain, 39% of Republicans and 51% of Democrats said the news media had been fair.

Among the sexes, there weren't significant differences of opinion on the validity of the allegations against Cain. 40% of women and 38% of men said they thought the claims were true.

The poll was taken by telephone November 3-6 among 1,005 adults. The sampling error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. trixen

    Interesting, but not surprising. There's a strong party bias because the claims are politically motivated to begin with... Duh!

    November 7, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. chuck weidemann

    The problem for Cain is how he has felt with this situation. He's not in a board room with good ole boys. The organization he was in charge of paid money to make this go away. Only Cain "forgot". You can forget a lot of things,but when you pay someone to be quite you have to remember that. Credibility is the issue. Who knows maybe he wasn't even born here!!

    November 7, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  3. vc

    I can't say whehter he is guilty or not. He is innocent until proven guilty. He just need to clear some things up for his sake as well as his campaign.

    November 7, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. Truth will prevail

    If these claims were not true, there would be an outcry and lawsuits for defamation. Unfortunately they are, but it's irrelevant; Herman lacks the experience, the knowledge, the judgement, and has no clue when it comes to foreign policy. My vote is for Mitt.

    November 7, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. Keeping it Real

    The Real Tom Paine "Keeping it Real, it seems as though you also have trouble interpreting the results"

    Interpreting the results? Thanks for proving my point. This is about he truth. It would appear that the truth is of little consequence to liberals like yourself. We don't need to "interpret" the truth as you would. Until the burden of proof exists, this is nothing more than a hatchet job by democrats; especially given the lawyer representing. If he's guilty, they he should fall. Nothing to interpret there. Try sticking to the facts next time, you'll look less the fool.

    November 7, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Indy

    In other news 99% of people are aware that Cain is a liar, and he will likely prove again today. You can watch Cain lie seven days a week which makes him a perfect Republican

    November 8, 2011 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  7. timesawasten

    I believe 1/2 of what I see and nothing of what I hear until I see positive proof of accusations. When proof is not available, I look at a persons conduct and character over a long period of time. My question is this, if this really happened, why didn't it happen before, or after he worked for the Restaurant Association???? Usually there is a pattern of this stuff over a long period of time. He has been out there in the public for a long time, and all of a sudden, when he is ahead in the race, 4 women, three of whom remain annonymus, and the last questionable, especially with her explicite explanation, in a parking lot, in a car sounds mighty suspecious to me. Shy wouldn't he wait to go indoors and not risk discovery? It is so contrived, I cannot believe the general public would fall for this. It isn't as if she has a really reputable attorney. Allred is what we used to call "an ambulance chaser". Suddenly she pops up??? What?? Does she smell money here?? And the accuser, "a-hem". And why would someone fly all the way from Chicago to NY, who has no job, just to ask someone about getting her old job back?? And Mr. Cain actually having the time to meet, and take her back to the Office, himself, like he didn't have subordinates to do that? Couldn't that interview happen over the phone? No, sorry, not buying it at all. Not that gullible–This whole thing is happening to damage a good mans reputation. I hope, if he has to go down, he goes down fighting like crazy to disprove all this trash talk.

    November 8, 2011 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  8. Dee

    If Cain's wife came forth in defense of her husband, that would add to his credibility. The fact that she's staying in the background makes me wonder if she believes the accusations are true. Remember the old saying "behind every GOOD man stands a good woman." At this point she doesn't seem to be taking any kind of stand at all in the situation! Maybe today will be different.

    November 8, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |