Latest accusations hurt Herman Cain with Republicans: Reuters/Ipsos

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Latest accusations hurt Cain with Republicans: Reuters/Ipsos

Patricia Zengerle

Reuters US Online Report Top News

Nov 08, 2011 17:04 EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Forty percent of Republicans view presidential candidate Herman Cain less favorably after watching a video of a woman accusing him of groping her in a car, according to Reuters/Ipsos poll results released Tuesday.

Thirty-nine percent said they believed the allegations made by Sharon Bialek Monday were true and 38 percent thought they were not.

Three other women have said they were subjected to harassment by Cain but Bialek is the first to go public. Support for the front-running Cain is slipping slightly amid the news reports about the allegations — which he denies.

Bialek, who identified herself as a registered Republican and single mother, said in widely broadcast comments that Cain made a crude sexual advance toward her in 1997 when he headed the National Restaurant Association.

Survey respondents were shown a video of Bialek making her allegations and 36 percent said they had seen it already.

The findings are from an online survey of 462 Republican registered voters on November 7 and 8.

Cain, a former pizza company executive, has led many polls in the race to become the Republican nominee to face President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in the November 2012 election.

Cain’s campaign attempted Tuesday to undermine the credibility of Bialek, saying she has a “long and troubled history.”

In the latest survey, 21 percent of respondents said they would vote for Cain in the primary election, compared with 24 percent in a survey taken on October 27-28.

The latest number put Cain in second place among Republican contenders after former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

The candidate who seemed to gain the most from the small fall in Cain’s support was Newt Gingrich, a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gingrich’s backing rose to 16 percent from 11 percent, putting him third in the latest poll.

Romney’s support slipped to 26 percent from 29 percent in the earlier poll. Texas Governor Rick Perry was fourth.

Since the survey was an online poll, typical margins of error do not apply. Despite that, various recognized methods were used to select as representative a sample as possible and weigh the results.

If it were a traditional random survey, it would have a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Alistair Bell and John O’Callaghan)

Source: Reuters US Online Report Top News

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