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Poll: 7 in 10 Americans Think Sexual Harassment is a 'Serious Problem'

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image Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual assault, is just one of many men who has accusations against him. (Yann Coatsaliou/AFP/Getty Images)

The findings represent a 34-point increase from a poll conducted in 1998.

A new CNN poll conducted by SSRS found almost seven in 10 Americans (68 percent) believe sexual harassment is a very serious problem in America. This is a 34-point increase from a CNN poll conducted in 1998.

Opinions about sexual harassment differ along genders. Women are more likely than men to see the issue as extremely or very serious — 73 percent versus 63 percent. Opinions also differ along political lines. Democrats are far more concerned about sexual harassment than Republicans — 85 percent versus 45 percent, CNN reported.

Seventy-nine percent of respondents believe the way an elected official treats women is an important indicator of his character and ability to serve in office and 60 percent believe an elected official faced with credible allegations of sexual harassment should resign.

Almost as many respondents — 65 percent — believe the way President Donald Trump treats women is an important indicator of his character and ability to serve in office. However, only 50 percent of Americans think he should resign because of the sexual allegations against him, the poll found. Although only half think he should resign, 63 percent think there should be a congressional investigation into the allegations.

The poll comes after a long list of politicians, including the president, and celebrities have been accused of sexual harassment and assault. There have been calls from the public and fellow politicians for resignations and investigations into the allegations. Several politicians have resigned and celebrities have stepped down from films and projects.


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