A majority of likely Republican voters in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say that the sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain are ‘not serious’ and an even larger majority say it will make no difference in who they support for the GOP nomination.
The poll, conducted from Monday to Thursday, has Cain in a statistical tie with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the lead — with Romney at 24 per cent and Cain at 23 per cent.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a distant third, with 13 per cent — in a statistical tie with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who is at 12 per cent.
Fully 55 per cent of likely GOP voters say the charges are ‘not serious’ — a number that increased throughout the week as no victims came forward, according to the poll. Just 23 per cent say the scandal would make them less likely to vote for Cain, while 69 per cent say it will have no difference.
The race for the nomination is still in flux, with 69 per cent of GOP voters — and 71 per cent of Romney backers and 66 per cent of Cain supporters — saying there is a chance they will change their minds before the nomination.
The poll has a margin of error of ±5 per cent.
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