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Recent opinion polls have him holding firm alongside former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the default front-runner for the Republican nomination. Texas Governor Rick Perry is polling a distant third. :D

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Recent opinion polls have him holding firm alongside former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the default front-runner for the Republican nomination. Texas Governor Rick Perry is polling a distant third. :D

 

[quote(Reuters) - Allegations that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain sexually harassed women in the 1990s have begun to damage his bid for the White House, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

 

The poll showed the percentage of Republicans who view Cain favorably dropped 9 percentage points, to 57 percent from 66 percent a week ago.

 

Among all registered voters, Cain's favorability declined 5 percentage points, to 32 percent from 37 percent.

 

The survey represents the first evidence that sexual harassment claims dating from Cain's time as head of the National Restaurant Association have taken a toll on his presidential campaign.

 

A majority of respondents, 53 percent, believe sexual harassment allegations against Cain are true despite his denials. Republicans were less likely to believe they are true, with 39 percent thinking they are accurate.

 

"The most striking thing is that Herman Cain is actually seeing a fairly substantial decline in favorability ratings toward him particularly among Republicans," said Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson.

 

The 65-year-old Cain, a former pizza company executive with no experience in political office, has been running neck and neck with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the lead in polls of Republicans considering who will be the nominee to face Democratic President Barack Obama next year.

 

At least three women have accused Cain of sexual harassment from his time as the restaurant industry's top lobbyist. Cain has given conflicting accounts of the cases since the news broke a week ago by news website Politico. He insists the claims were baseless and that he was wrongfully accused.

 

But a woman who received a cash settlement from the restaurant association in response to her harassment claim rejected Cain's denials on Friday. She said through her lawyer that she was the victim of a "series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances" by Cain in 1999.

 

The allegations have received wide attention. The Reuters/Ipsos poll found more than 80 percent of respondents have heard of them. Republicans are the most aware, at 88 percent, while independents the least aware, at 64 percent.

 

OPPONENTS SPEAK OUT

 

One of Cain's Republican presidential adversaries on Sunday called for more information on the allegations.

 

"It has got to come out in total," Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "Legitimate questions have been raised and that information has to come forward."

 

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said on "Fox News Sunday" that the media went too far in covering the allegations, distracting voters from more important issues.

 

"The media blew this way out of proportion," Paul said. "There are a thousand stories out there and I think that dilutes the real debates, because (Cain's) views on foreign policy for instance are dramatically different than mine."

 

Four in 10 poll respondents said the harassment issue had made them less favorable toward Cain. About one in three Republicans, or 35 percent, said the controversy had made them less favorable toward Cain.

 

Jackson said it may well be that the wave of support that carried the conservative Cain to the top of the Republican field was now cresting.

 

"I think he is probably cresting now. I think this week, last week, were sort of the high-water mark," he said.

 

The poll found that Romney, who is more a candidate of the Republican establishment, has a favorability among Republican voters of 63 percent, while rival Rick Perry, the Texas governor, is viewed favorably by 47 percent.

 

Ipsos conducted the poll of 1,007 adults on Friday and Saturday by interviewing individuals via a U.S. online household panel.

 

Since it 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.

 

(Additional reporting by Patrick Temple-West; Editing by Eric Beech)]

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LOL! the Cain circus is just beginning. last week was just the start.

 

 

 

Report: Gloria Allred To Reveal Cain Accuser Today

 

Celebrity super-lawyer Gloria Allred is wading into the Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal, according to Radar.

 

The gossip magazine reports that Allred will stand with a woman Monday in New York who accused Cain of inappropriate behavior in the past.

 

“The woman, who will be the first to go public on Monday, sought Cain’s help with an employment issue and was allegedly sexually harassed by him. Allred and her client will discuss, in detail, what she alleges occurred with Cain.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

this poor girl. it won't matter if she was harrased and passes a lie detector test and had 10 eye witnesses.

 

The Republicans are going to go after her hard. It'sd gonna be really ugly!

 

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Benji from Howards Stern strikes again!

 

lol!

 

Politico is offended that Benji hasmessed up their circus...

 

Why does Gloria Alred always use "The Friars Club" as a backdrop for her pressers?

 

What a joke!

 

no allegation of Sexual Harassment. "He was aggressive"

 

Please describe:

 

No she can't....

 

Way to go Politico. Name the part then send out a casting call!

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BOOM!

 

that was the sound of a nuclear bomb that just went off on the Cain Campaign!

 

 

not that it was ever a real campaign anyway....:)

 

 

grabbing gentials and forcing heads down cannot be excused away with nit picky little questions. just can't be done!

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BOOM!

that was the sound of a nuclear bomb that just went off on the Cain Campaign!

not that it was ever a real campaign anyway....:)

grabbing gentials and forcing heads down cannot be excused away with nit picky little questions. just can't be done!

 

arrest him immediately.

 

Politics aside.

 

He has been accused of aggravated sexual Battery.

 

 

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they just may have to if the statue of limitations hasn't passed. I'm sure her lawyer explained that.

 

Republicans now find themselves in the uncomfortable position of defending sexual assualt on a white woman :shock:

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they just may have to if the statue of limitations hasn't passed. I'm sure her lawyer explained that.

Republicans now find themselves in the uncomfortable position of defending sexual assualt on a white woman :shock:

 

yup.

 

I think he should be cuffed ASAP...

 

he's got enough dough to post bail though.

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I read the article and there's not that much to go on to accuse sexual assault, but there's enough to indicate he'd be a good wingman for Clinton if the accusations end up being valid. It will be interesting to see if he can weather this. I'm thinking at this point, the damage is done and whether he actually did sexually harass these women or not will probably never be relevant since there doesn't seem to be any grounds for any serious civil or criminal charges, apparently, but just enough to do a lot of damage to his character or reputation. Unless there's some big change of momentum in his favor in that regard, I think he's done.

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yup.

I think he should be cuffed ASAP...

he's got enough dough to post bail though.

 

That's not going to happen. Charges would require proof and there are penalties against filing false CRIMINAL charges. Too bad there aren't penalties for filing false civil charges.

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