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Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., works in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 31, 2009. Just weeks into his Senate term, Franken's portfolio compares favorably to any of the Senate's freshman members. He loves policy. He has signed on as co-sponsor to a half dozen bills, asked thoughtful questions of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, and immersed himself in a thorny debate over health care reform. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Half of Minnesota's voters don't think Al Franken should resign, according to a new poll


A majority of Minnesota’s voters do not think Sen. Al Franken (D) should vacate his seat representing them, according to a new poll.

Fifty percent do not believe Franken should step down despite the multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him in the Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released Thursday.

Forty-two percent say Franken should depart the Senate, while 8 percent noted that they are unsure.

Fifty-three percent approved of Franken’s job performance despite the allegations, which began emerging against him last month.

Forty-two percent disapprove of Franken’s showing since entering the Senate in 2009, while 5 percent answered that they are uncertain.

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Pollsters additionally discovered that Minnesota’s voters would have preferred the Senate Ethics Committee finishing its investigation of Franken before he opted to resign.

Sixty percent said that the panel should have completed its probe, while 35 percent backed Franken immediately resigning and 5 percent were unsure.

Seventy-six percent said Minnesota’s voters should have the most important voice in Franken’s decision, while 12 percent chose other senators in Washington D.C.

Twelve percent had no opinion on the matter, which comes after a spokesman for Franken said earlier this month that he would step down on Jan. 2.

Broadcaster Leeann Tweeden last month accused Franken of kissing her without consent in 2006.

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The media personality also circulated a photo of Franken from the same time that seemingly showed him groping her breasts, also without permission.

Several other women have since accused Franken of inappropriately touching them against their will.

Franken announced his resignation earlier this month during a defensive speech on the Senate floor, but he insisted some of the allegations against him were untrue.

The Minnesota Democrat also pledged that he remembered some of the past incidents women had described differently than they did.

Franken’s fellow Democrats nonetheless abandoned him in droves after the claims appeared, with a flood of his party’s other senators calling for his resignation.

PPP conducted its latest survey of 671 Minnesota voters via online interviews from December 26-27. It has a 3.8 percent margin of error.

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