Poll: More than half of GOP primary voters not concerned about Cain allegations
November 7th, 2011
04:22 PM ET
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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
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  1. unsub

    bunch of brainwashed numbskulls!

    November 7, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    A majority of the party of "Family Values" doesn't really care about family values... What a surprise.

    November 7, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. The Greedy Old PIgs have lost their minds!

    Nice to see he has the pro-harassment "family values" voters locked up!

    November 7, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. NameMorpunkt

    But that's one half too many.

    November 7, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. Jules

    I guess the family values thing just got too hard for the GOP. They talk the talk, but they sure don't walk the talk.

    November 7, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. John

    If more than half of republican don't care about the Allegations about Herman Cain have done than you are a bunch of sick People. How would you want someone like this to run this Country. It no wonder that the Republican party are losing people all the Time. And how can he be having family Values when he going around and doing what all these women are saying he did. Now You are going to tell me he a good Christian to. It No wonder that no body believe republican any more , It because all they do Is LIE.

    November 7, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. rs

    This either speaks volumes about the general moral bankruptsy of members of the GOP/TP, or their disconnect from American social norms.

    The GOP/TP is in such an interesting place. It denies any assistance to the poor or unemployed-"survival of the fittest", but doesn't believe in "Evolution" ; It doesn't believe in science or global warming and feels anti-pollution regulations are some sort of anti-business conspiracy- even when their own scientific (Koch Bros. ) paid for la dogs say otherwise; they call it class warfare when 78% of Americans want the 1 % to pay the same rate of taxation, yet fail to observe the effects of 10 years of welathy welfare on the 99% of the nation; They sign pledges to the rich never to raise taxes through their puppet master Grover Norquist, and call anyone who challenges them on that point un-American.

    The GOP/TP- strangers from an alternative universe.

    November 7, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. DaveC

    Another reason why I am now an independent voter instead of a staunch republican like I used to be. The republican party has lost it's way. Senator Vitter and Cain can be roomates.

    November 7, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. SaintM

    Oh right, but they thought it bad enough to try to impeach Clinton when he had this type of problem. It's OK if it's a republican and one of their own. Republilcans are sooooo stupid.

    President Obama 2.0 – 2012

    November 7, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. LouieD

    In other words, more than half of GOP primary voters are hypocrites, considering their past obsession with what President Clinton may or may not have done with his schl0ng.

    November 7, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Mindie from Indie

    In other words, more than half of GOP primary voters are hypocrites, considering their past obsession with what President Clinton may or may not have done with his schl0ng.
    I'd say more than half..... not to mention very very unChristian like

    November 7, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Reverend Horton

    they weren't concerned because half of them ( ie the Republican men) have no problem with harassing women, of course now that a white woman has come forward. the next poll will probably be "more than half of the republican delegates believe Herman should be lynched"

    November 7, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. DareToBeTrue

    It'll take a few days for today's revelations about Cain's behavior to finally sink in and be reflected in people's answers to the poll questions, and then another few days for those polls to be reported. It may take a week or two, but Cain's campaign is over, even if he doesn't know it yet.

    November 7, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. Larry L

    It's a sad situation when you'd trust a man with 10,000 nuclear weapons but wouldn't feel good about leaving him alone with your daughter. Four women have come forward but one must wonder how many have not? Guys like that never "get it".

    November 7, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. chuck weidemann

    The article says everything you need to know right off the bat. It won't affect how they vote! Cain is someone they can throw out there to show everyone how great and diverse their party is . It won't affect their vote because they never were voting for him to begin with. They love messing with the "liberal" media. Trouble is this country deserves real choices of real people capable of running this country. Not games.

    November 7, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. Squigman

    The reason it makes no difference to the republicans, is clear. Most of the registered republicans (ones that vote republican regardless), have no scruples to begin with. The only motive they have is pandering to corporate America. And if any of us get in the way, we'll be ran over and forgotten like last years romance.

    November 7, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Voice of Reason

    @Keeping it Real

    I stand by it. I think that there's just as many supporters of Cain that think this is some 'liberal witchhunt' as those who simply dismiss it as 'youthful dalliances'.

    Either way the effect is the same – his supporters still support him regardless of the facts that stare them in the face. Go ahead and call me what you will – but i'll stay on the side of reason.

    November 7, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. normajean @ verizon ,com

    If the republican voters don't care about the lack of qualifications, or the good common sense of a political candidate, you'd think that moral turpitude would at least bring them up short, but even this doesn't seem to phase them..... They obviously have character flaws that mean if their daughter,wife or girl friend had a sleazy old man making advances , they just wouldn't care !!!......
    .All you women voters..???I!!!!! I bet it would make a big difference to you!!! Would you want someone like this in the White House representing your country??? I don't and I bet you don't either!!!!!

    November 7, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  19. TP will be flushed after use

    If the NRA agreed to give two women 5 digit figures to keep their mouth shut, then there must be something to it. But it doesn't matter. Cain is unelectable regardless.

    November 7, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. Como

    No less hypocritical than you Democrats. It is OK for Al Gore, John Edward (with the love child), Bill Clinton (with rape charges), Jesse Jackson (with love child) and Obama who could sit in the church of an anti-semitic, racist, anti-American preacher with his family for 22 years. Oh and lets not forget JFK with all his affairs wearing out the hinges on the back door of the White House. Think about that. I am conservative and may have voted for Cain, and now probably not.

    November 7, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. Hair bear

    Well I'm concerned and I refuse to vote for this guy, it's not gonna happen. That's all we need is a fool like this in the White House.

    November 7, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. carrotroot

    Firstly the MSM has done nothing but talk about Cain's womanizing for almost 2 weeks, this has allowed the conservative media to spin this as a smear campaign by the "liberal" press out to destroy their rising front-runner. Secondly, the lawyer for the accuser in conference was the same lawyer who helped derail Meg Whitman's campaign last year with the illegal immigrant maid. I'm not a Cain supporter but it's easy to see how it can be portrayed people as making a mountain out of a molehill.

    November 7, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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