American voters say Moore should be expelled, if elected to Senate

November 24, 2017

Most American voters think that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) should be expelled by U.S. legislators if he wins next month, according to findings of a poll released on November 21 in The Hill. .

Sixty percent of 1,416 of U.S. voters who responded to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday said the Senate should vote to remove Moore, should the GOP candidate win the December special election; while 28% said it should not.

Republicans were the only voter group in the survey to say Moore should not be expelled from the Senate, (49% to 33%), while the majority of voters in every other category of political party, gender, and education level said the Senate should remove him from office.

Moore is the target of accusations by seven women, who have come forward in recent weeks to allege that the former judge and prosecutor harassed and assaulted them—including one woman who said he had initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 years old and he was 32.

Moore has denied the allegations and remained in the Alabama Senate race, despite the urging of Republicans in Washington—except President Trump—for him to step aside ahead of the December 12 special election against Democrat Doug Jones.

On the issue of sexual harassment generally, a slight preponderance of GOP voters (43% to 41%) said they still would consider voting for Moore over his Democratic opponent.

Meanwhile, 62% of Americans overall said they would not vote for such a candidate and only 27% would consider it.

The survey was conducted by telephone between November 15 and November 20.

Research contact:  timothy.malloy@quinnipiac.edu

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