Cain Support Drops Amid Harassment Scandal

Herman Cain on the Mic

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A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that Republican front-runner Herman Cain’s likability has fallen amid revelations that he was accused of sexual harassment in the 1990s.Cain’s favorability dropped from 66 per cent to 57 per cent — while his unfavorable rating rose from 32 per cent to 37 per cent in the online poll conducted last week. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney now has the highest likability rating of any of the GOP candidates, with 63 per cent holding a favourable view of him.

A majority of those polled believe the allegations against Cain are true, despite his repeated denials — with 39 per cent of Republicans believing they are true.

Cain’s declining favorability numbers may be the latest sign that the scandal is tarnishing his image. An ABC News/Washington Post poll released last week showed him tied in the race for the nomination with Romney — down from a 7 point lead in a Quinnipiac University poll conducted before the scandal broke.

The two candidates positions were virtually identical in the same polls released a week apart at the beginning of October.

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