Trump's Sexual Misconduct Allegations Should Be Investigated, Majority of Americans Say

A new poll shows that a majority of Americans believe Congress should investigate the president for alleged sexual misconduct. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A majority of Americans not only believe the sexual misconduct accusations against President Donald Trump, but believe Congress should investigate.

A new CNN poll found that 61 percent of Americans said the allegations against the president—which number more than a dozen—are "mostly true," while 63 percent of Americans said Congress should investigate them. An even larger percentage of respondents agreed that "the way that Donald Trump treats women" is "an important indicator of his character and ability to serve as president."

Still, respondents were split on the issue of whether he should resign because of the misconduct accusations, with 50 percent saying he should, 48 percent saying he should not and another 2 percent saying that it "depends on the circumstances." Those numbers mirror an earlier poll.

December 14-17
Should Congress Investigate
Sexual Harassment Allegations
Against Trump?

Yes 63%
No 36%

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 22, 2017

Amid a national reckoning with sexual misconduct, Trump has faced mounting calls from Democrats that he should be investigated or step down for his alleged misdeeds, which burst onto the national scene last year with the release of the notorious Access Hollywood tape on which Trump bragged of kissing and grabbing women "by the pussy" without their permission.

Earlier this month, 56 members of the Democratic Women's Working Group sent a formal request for a congressional investigation to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Following their lead, at least 50 additional House Democrats signed the letter, addressed to committee chairman Trey Gowdy, who rejected their request and instead forwarded it to the Department of Justice, which is led by Trump loyalist Jeff Sessions.

The White House has repeatedly denied the allegations against the president, and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said that Trump's 2016 victory did enough to "answer" for the accusations.

"The American people knew this and voted for the president, and we feel like we're ready to move forward in that process," Sanders said.

Some Democratic men have found this message to be a convincing one, with Alabama Senator-elect Doug Jones and Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) recently making similar statements about Americans needing to "move on" from the accusations and focus on "real issues." CNN's poll shows that, for many Americans, the president's alleged misconduct is a real issue, and other Democrats still feel strongly that Congress should consider it as such.

"We're not asking anyone to stop the business of the country to let these accusers be heard and to have the president respond in a forum with some real judgment of the truth," Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) told Newsweek. "A lot of things can go on at the same time.

"It's a terrible message to say that all you have to do is be president and you can get away with whatever you want," she added.

CNN's poll closely follows a survey from Quinnipiac University, which also found that 50 percent of voters polled believed Trump should resign over the numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations against him. Quinnipiac's poll broke down the results by party affiliation, finding 85 percent of Democrats agreed the president should step down while just 7 percent of Republicans thought the same.