KSTP/SurveyUSA: Franken Job Approval Plummets, Many Say He Should Resign

November 23, 2017 11:08 AM

In less than a week since sexual harassment allegations were leveled against Minnesota Senator Al Franken, his approval rating has plummeted and many Minnesotans say he should resign, according to an exclusive KSTP/SurveyUSA poll.

In a poll conducted Monday night after allegations from a second woman were made public, only 22 percent of 600 Minnesotans surveyed said he should remain in office. Another 33 percent say he should resign, while 36 percent say he should wait for results of a Senate Ethics Committee investigation. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percent.


"To me the striking findings in this poll are first, that only 22 percent are behind Al Franken staying in office," Carleton College Political Scientist Steven Schier said.

RELATED: New Allegation Against Franken, This Time Met with Silence

Secondly, he notes there is no demographic group in the poll where a majority say he should remain in office.

If Franken does stay in office, only 32 percent say he can be an "effective" senator. Meanwhile, 37 percent say he would be "ineffective" and 32 percent are not sure.

What the numbers show

A SurveyUSA news poll sponsored by KSTP and conducted between Nov. 20 and 21 asked 600 Minnesota adults about allegations against U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota.

Based on what you know right now, should United States Sen. Al Franken remain in office? Should he resign from office? Or should he wait for results of a Senate Ethics Committee investigation before deciding what to do? 

Overall Results (4.1 percent margin of error)

Remain in Office -- 22 percent

Resign from Office -- 33 percent

Wait for Results -- 36 percent

Not Sure -- 10 percent


Remain in Office -- 21 percent

Resign from Office -- 35 percent

Wait for Results -- 35 percent

Not Sure -- 9 percent 


Remain in Office -- 23 percent

Resign from Office -- 30 percent

Wait for Results -- 36 percent

Not Sure -- 11 percent

Party Affiliation (aggregate)


Remain in Office -- 34 percent

Resign from Office -- 14 percent

Wait for Results -- 46 percent

Not Sure -- 6 percent


Remain in Office -- 12 percent

Resign from Office -- 61 percent

Wait for Results -- 18 percent

Not Sure -- 9 percent


Remain in Office -- 22 percent

Resign from Office -- 30 percent

Wait for Results -- 40 percent

Not Sure -- 9 percent

If Franken does remain in office, will he be effective or ineffective in the Senate?

Overall Results (4.1 percent margin of error)

Effective -- 32 percent

Ineffective -- 37 percent

Not Sure -- 32 percent


Effective -- 30 percent

Ineffective -- 42 percent

Not Sure -- 28 percent


Effective -- 34 percent

Ineffective -- 31 percent

Not Sure -- 35 percent

Party Affiliation (aggregate)


Effective -- 52 percent

Ineffective -- 19 percent

Not Sure -- 29 percent


Effective -- 16 percent

Ineffective -- 61 percent

Not Sure -- 22 percent


Effective - 30 percent

Ineffective -- 36 percent

Not Sure - 34 percent

Senator Franken's approval rating in Minnesota has also taken a nosedive since the allegations from Leeann Tweeden first surfaced last Thursday. His approval rating now stands at 36 percent, down from 53 percent in November 2016. For comparison, he's now just five points higher than President Donald Trump's 31 percent approval rating in Minnesota. He's 20 points lower than Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is at 56 percent.

Franken hasn't been seen in public since last Thursday, but Ed Shelleby, his deputy chief of staff, released a statement from Franken about the poll.

"I know I've let people down and disappointed a lot of people--many Minnesotans, my family and my friends," Franken said in the statement. "To all of them let me say I'm so sorry. And I hope you know I'm committed to regaining your trust."

RELATED: TIMELINE: Sen. Franken Groping Allegations

In previous statement's Franken has apologized for some of what's been alleged and said he doesn't recall other things. He says he doesn't plan to resign, but also hasn't made any public appearances for nearly a week.

Schier says Franken might remain secluded for now, hoping the furor dies down or possibly to see if any more allegations are made.

"I think if Al Franken were to issue a blanket denial now that would be like leading with his chin in boxing just waiting for another blow to come which could knock him out," Schier said. "So he has to be be very careful about that."

KSTP's survey was conducted Monday night and includes 600 Minnesotan across the state. It includes 23 percent of respondents who identify as Republicans, 25 percent Democrats and 44 percent independents.


Tom Hauser

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