Poll: More than half of GOP primary voters not concerned about Cain allegations
November 7th, 2011
04:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: More than half of GOP primary voters not concerned about Cain allegations

(CNN) – A new poll shows more than half of Republican primary voters say allegations of sexual harassment against GOP presidential contender and businessman Herman Cain will not affect how they vote. But Cain's unfavorable rating across the country has almost doubled.

According to the NBC/Wall Street Journal survey, 54% of Republican primary voters said they were not concerned about voting for Cain because of accusations by three women of sexual harassment against him. The poll was taken before a fourth woman claimed Monday that Cain groped her when she visited him for what she thought was a conversation about a job.

Support for Cain's candidacy has risen in recent weeks as he and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney joust for the top spot in national surveys, but Cain's favorability has taken a hit.

One month ago 24% of Americans had a favorable opinion of the conservative radio talk show host and 18% had an unfavorable opinion. In the survey released Monday, Cain's unfavorable rating has risen to more than one-third for a total increase of 17 percentage points.

But only 13% of GOP primary voters said they were either a great deal or quite a bit concerned about voting for Cain because of the allegations of sexual harassment. Fifteen percent said they were "just a little" concerned.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted by telephone among 1,000 adults from Nov. 2-5. It has an overall sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. The sampling error among GOP primary voters is plus or minus 6.2 percentage points.

On Monday Sharon Bialek, a fourth accuser, alleged that Cain sexually assaulted her in 1997. Bialek claimed the incident took place after she sought Cain's assistance in finding a job when Cain was serving as head of the National Restaurant Association.

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Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Herman Cain • Polls
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. roro

    What hypocrites! The "family values" party is not concerned about Cain's misconduct. Are these the same people who want to be in my lamps, my uterus, and my bedroom? Are these the same people who crucified Clinton? Talk about the pot and kettle!

    November 7, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. CD

    Considering they gave Thomas a pass on pretty much the same issue I hardly find the poll results to be surprising.

    November 7, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Blame it on Cain

    @Excuse_me

    Apparently, the lynch mob mentality has sent on the other news report about Mr. CAIN.

    Sorry to see such behaviour from Americans. It's a disgrace to assume guilt before a conviction has occurred, more or any formal charges.

    Anyone who ever thinks about running for the highest office on our land will have to re-think before making that big decision.

    People want Obama so bad – they will attach anyone who stands in his bid for re-election.

    And, if a Republican is behind this – LORD HELP US.

    ---------------------------------------

    It is a Republican and the lord can help you...he doesn't exisrt.
    Buy you can "attach" yourself to him if you want.

    November 7, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. J.P.

    Sure that "half" are GOP men. The "half" who do care are GOP women!

    November 7, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Keeping it Real, it seems as though you also have trouble interpreting the results: it shows that Cain has far greater negatives than before his surge began, and they will likely increase as time goes on. It also show that people are starting to settle on a candidate. Read a little political history, and you might be able to reach the same conclusion. Now quit patronizing people.

    November 7, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Adam Balm

    Why would the GOP Primary Voters be concerned about the allegations against Herman Cain?? I would expect nothing less !! So what if our next US President is a pedophile, pervert or rapist !! That's the Grand Ol' Plunderers' (GOP) mentality !! After all, this is a SICK WORLD we are all living in today !!

    November 7, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Excuse_me

    Bill Clinton

    Anthony Wiener

    should I go on?

    November 7, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. us1776

    Now when it was Clinton, well, the GOP wanted him impeached and sanctioned, etc, etc.

    What a bunch of hypocrits !!

    November 7, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Bull Rush

    Hey Pu...I think you have that 2×4 statement just in reverse. I know libs and dems I have tried to have a conversation with who will not here of talking about anything other than voting democrat...no matter if its inanimate or not. Brainwashed.

    November 7, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Ken in MD

    I'm not as concerned about the allegations as I am his attempt to cover it up. I'm also more concerned about his 9-9-9 idea that will increase taxes on the poor and decrease them on thie rich, and his utter lack of foreign knowledge.

    November 7, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. der

    I can't believe the right is hypocrites...Oh wait yes I can.

    November 7, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Bull Rush

    Ditto on that Excuse_me!

    November 7, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. David in Houston

    The "moral majority" in morally inept...

    November 7, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    Family values - when it fits their need to "police our women's uterus".

    November 7, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. Ed DFWTX

    Typical GOP response. BLAME THE "Liberal" Media for all your self inflicted problems. If that doesn't work blame the poor and disabled for all our economic problems and then hide behind God and Jesus.

    November 7, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. NVa Native

    The GOPers are out in force claiming innocent before proven guilty – only for their own of course, never for the evil doers who don't follow them. And they think we – the majority – are some how unreasonable when the American public doesn't follow their warped perspective.
    The GOP lost their dignity? – if you've never had something you can't loose it.

    November 7, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. ingrid

    I do not doubt the charges. But that is not what would make him a bad president in itself. No, It is that he is only a show man with NO substance.

    November 7, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. Duke One

    This poll was taken BEFORE this 4th woman came forward. Prior to that there were only allegations. BIG DIFFERENCE. I believe Mr. Cain is now headed for a downward spiral ! I wish he had never entered the race. Shame on him.

    November 7, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. DumbasRocks [R]s

    And just what does THAT tell you about the typical GOP primary voter? Pathetic, right?

    Something is going on with the genes of these Teatards. It has been an accepted fact that normal humans just cannot be that stupid. Something recessive is appearing in the Red State gene pool.

    November 7, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. GonzoinHouston

    The TP's, like good little evangelists, are comfortable with accepting belief and ignoring evidence. If they choose to not believe the accusations, no amount of proof will ever change their minds. See evolution, climate change, or even WMD's in Iraq. They don't want to see another candidate collapse and leave the nomination to Romney, so they simply decline to accept these accusations.

    Now, these are the same folks who lost their minds with moral outrage when the accusations were against a democrat named Clinton, but that's different.

    November 7, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Matt

    Hmm, I wonder what these same people who are OK with these allegations had to say about Clinton when it came to his consensual indiscretions. Actually, I don't have to wonder, we already know. They were screaming about how the president has to be held to a higher moral standard...blah..blah...blah. Typical hypocrites.

    November 7, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Ex-Republican

    There was a time when being a Republican really meant being part of the moral majority. Now it only means being part of the hypocritical, self-righteous, money worshiping, racist and fascist fanatic party. -worked for Republican senatorial and presidential campaigns in the 80s. Never again!

    November 7, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. Keith in Austin

    Wow...look at all the Liberal sniping! I wish all Americans were as enlightened as you guys!

    November 7, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. bill

    Half of the tea bagging GOP is dumber than a box of rocks.
    -------------------------
    And half of the fleabagging DNC are as dumb as a bag of hair.

    November 7, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. RINO Bil

    That says something disturbing about the evangelical christians and family value advocates of the Republican Tea Party.

    November 7, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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