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Most Americans want Trump to resign over sex crimes

A majority of American voters believe US President Donald Trump should resign due to the allegations of sexual harassment against him, according to several new surveys.

The results of a Public Policy Polling survey released Thursday found that 53 percent of those surveyed said Trump should resign amid accusations from more than a dozen women who claim Trump sexually harassed them before he was elected president.

In contrast, only 42 percent believed Trump should remain president.

Concurrently, 53 percent of those surveyed said they believe the women accusing Trump, while 31 percent did not believe the accusers’ stories.

The results followed the resignation of several lawmakers in Congress in the past week over sexual harassment claims, including US Senator Al Franken, a Democratic from Minnesota.

“Voters want consistency in the way politicians respond to accusations of sexual harassment against them,” Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said in a statement. “They agree with Al Franken’s decision to resign—but they also think Trump should be next.”

A Rasmussen Reports survey also released Thursday found that 58 percent of likely US voters believe the allegations of sexual misconduct made by several women against Trump are true and say the president should resign if the accusations are credible.

On Monday, three women who claim Trump sexually harassed them urged the US Congress to investigate the misconduct allegations.

Earlier this week, Dozens of Democratic and female lawmakers in Congress called for an ethics investigation into Trump over the sexual harassment claims.

More than a dozen women have accused Trump of unwanted sexual advances, including forcible kissing or groping.

The surveys come as the country grapples with snowballing allegations of harassment and assault in the worlds of politics, news media and Hollywood.

According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Trump has a 36 percent job approval rating as of December 14, a historic low for a first-term president at this point in the term.

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