Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders lost out to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, but this poll shows that may have been a mistake after Sanders is matched against Trump.
In a hypothetical match-up, Sanders beats Donald Trump by a margin of 42 to 36%. Bernie leads Trump among women 45-30%, independents 38-29%, African-Americans 63-10%, and voters who make under $50K 42-32%.
Not only that, the poll reveals that a generic Democrat in a match-up against Trump gets 44% of the vote to 35% who say they would vote for Trump.
On another issue, 50% of those polled say that Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken should resign following sexual misconduct accusations. Just 22% say he should stay in office.
By party affiliation, 44% of independents, 49% of Democrats, and 56% of Republicans say Franken should resign. A whopping 66% of respondents say the Ethics Committee should investigate the Franken allegations, while 15% said no.
The poll also looked at the situation surrounding Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Most voters say Moore should be expelled from the Senate if elected – 57% for expulsion, compared to only 18% who say he should be allowed to serve.
Support for Moore’s expulsion from the Senate includes 73% of Democrats, 46% of Republicans, and 43% of Trump voters. Forty-three percent of voters say the accusations against Moore are credible while only19% don’t think so.
Less than half of those polled – 49% – believe the allegations against Trump are credible, compared to 29% who say they are not.
There is a considerable partisan gap: 64% of Democrats say the allegations are credible against Trump, while only 37% of Republicans say the same.
A quarter of voters – 25% – say the Democrats are doing better at responding to sexual harassment and misconduct allegations compare to only 16% who say Republicans are doing better.
And 21% of voters believe sexual misconduct is more prevalent in the Republicans Party compared to 17% who say the same about Democrats.
Fifty-nine percent of respondents say sexual harassment and misconduct is a big problem in Hollywood and in the federal government in Washington, D.C.
Here’s how they feel about some of the high-profile cases revealed so far:
Harvey Weinstein – 59% say allegations are credible, 16% say not credible.
Kevin Spacey – 50% say allegations are credible, 19% say not credible.
Bill O’Reilly — 47% say allegations are credible, 20% say not credible.
And 51% say elected officials who face sexual misconduct allegations should resign. This includes 59% of Democrats and 46% of Republicans.