Nov 16, 2017

Trump and Clinton voters split over high-profile sexual assault allegations

Dave Lawler, author of World

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Just 6% of Trump voters say they find the sexual harassment and assault allegations against President Trump credible, compared to a 83% of Clinton voters, per a YouGov/HuffPost survey. When it comes to Bill Clinton, though, majorities from both sides find the allegations credible.

Why it matters: We're in the middle of a major societal shift on views toward sexual harassment. But whether its Trump, Clinton, Moore or Franken, tribalism colors how people view the allegations.

  • Asked about Trump: 83% of Hillary Clinton voters find the allegations credible, compared to just 6% of Trump voters (42% of Trump voters chose haven't heard enough/not sure).
  • Asked about Clinton: 53% of Clinton voters found the allegations credible (with 36% not sure), compared to 84% of Trump voters.
  • Asked about Bill O'Reilly: 76% of Clinton voters found the allegations credible, compared to 18% of Trump voters.
  • Asked about Harvey Weinstein: 81% of Clinton voters found the allegations credible, compared to 74%.

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