More Americans Believe Bill Clinton is Guilty of Sexual Misconduct Than Donald Trump or Harvey Weinstein

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks at Georgetown University's Gaston Hall November 6, 2017, in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images

More Americans believe sexual misconduct allegations made against former President Bill Clinton than those leveled at Donald Trump or Harvey Weinstein, according to a poll released Wednesday. Sixty-four percent of respondents to a Politico/Morning Consult poll said that they thought the allegations against Clinton were credible. That compares with 56 percent who said the same about the litany of allegations against Hollywood producer Weinstein and the more than a dozen accusations made against Trump.

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Much of that discrepancy is down to Republicans displaying an unwillingness to believe allegations of sexual misconduct made against members of their own party. While 65 percent of Democrats found the allegations against Clinton credible, just 34 percent voiced the same opinion for those against Trump.

Republicans also had a hard time believing allegations made against GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (30 percent) and former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly (39 percent).

The poll comes at a time when allegations of sexual misconduct have rocked both the entertainment world and the political arena. Ahead of next month's special Senate election in Alabama, Moore has been accused of preying on at least nine women when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. In one of those cases, he is accused of sexual contact with a 14-year-old and in another of attempted rape. Multiple corroborating statements have said that Moore was known for approaching teenage girls at a local shopping mall.

Moore has vehemently denied all allegations and remains very much in contention to take the Senate seat. And Trump has refused to call on Moore to drop out of the race amid reports that he has privately cast doubt on the accusers.

Trump has called the numerous allegations of sexual harassment and abuse made against him during his presidential campaign "lies," even though he was caught on tape bragging about committing sexual assault. Asked about the claims recently, the White House said it remains their position that all of the women are liars.

Amid sexual misconduct being brought to the forefront of national consciousness, the decades-old allegations against Clinton have also been revisited. During his presidency, Clinton was sued for sexual harassment in a case that eventually led to him being impeached over his false testimony about a sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

In a surprising move, last week New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said that Clinton should have resigned if the scandal occurred in the modern-day climate.

Another high-profile Democrat has been hit with more recent accusations. Senator Al Franken has apologized after accusations that he groped four women but has refused to resign. About the same number of Democrats (47 percent) as Republicans (48 percent) think the allegations against the Minnesota representative are credible.