Poll: Majority Think Trump Sexual Misconduct Should Be Investigated

By on December 10, 2017
Donald Trump and his infamous Access Hollywood moment.

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, most Americans believe that the credible allegations of sexual misconduct against President Trump should be investigated by Congress.

In the polling, 70 percent of Americans say the investigations should happen, versus 25 percent who believe Trump should not be investigated. Breaking down the data among partisan lines, 86 percent of Democrats, 39 percent of Republicans and 66 percent of Independents believe an investigation is warranted.

Additionally, 73 percent of those who took part in the pool say that it’s hypocritical for Trump to criticize other men who are facing accusations of sexual misconduct. The partisan breakdown on that question is 94 percent of Democrats, 46 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of Independents.

With the #MeToo movement gaining unprecedented traction in recent months, women all across the country — many for the first time — are being believed by the public at large when they levy accusations of sexual misconduct against powerful men. These claims have brought down the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, and Bryan Singer in the Hollywood realm.

In the political arena, several state and federal lawmakers, including Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) have also been caught up in scandals of their own, with each one ultimately choosing to exit Congress in the wake of allegations made against them.

The president, however, has continued to remain shielded against the numerous and credible allegations of sexual assault against him over the years. It appears that most Americans think that simply won’t do. They want Congress to conduct an investigation, which is an interesting question in and of itself.

Does Congress have the power to investigate past sexual assault claims against a sitting president? And if they do find something, can he be impeached for those crimes? Most likely not. Still, it is telling that most of the country doesn’t think the president should get a pass on his own sexual misconduct.