- The Washington Times - Monday, October 24, 2016

Eleven women have stepped forward in recent weeks to claim that Republican nominee Donald Trump had made inappropriate sexual advances to them at some point in the past. Do voters care about these allegations?

Maybe not so much, according a new poll of likely voters from Quinnipiac University, which found that only 27 percent of all voters said this information would be a “deal breaker” when determining their vote. Only 5 percent of Republican voters agreed. A third overall said these allegations were “not a big deal,” including 59 percent of Republicans.

The wide-ranging poll also brought up horse race numbers, media bias and questions about Mr. Trump’s “fitness for president,” among other issues. Here are the numbers regarding the allegations:

• 51 percent overall think that Mr. Trump made sexual advances toward women in the past — 22 percent of Republicans, 45 percent of independents and 84 percent of Democrats agree; 56 percent of women voters and 44 percent of men also agree.

• 35 percent overall say these allegations are a “big deal but not a deal breaker” in determining their support for Mr. Trump — 36 percent of Republicans, 36 percent of independents and 34 percent of Democrats agree; 34 percent of women and 36 percent of men agree.

• 35 percent overall say the allegations are “not a big deal” — 59 percent of Republicans, 38 percent of independents and 11 percent of Democrats agree; 29 percent of women and 41 percent of men also agree.

• 27 percent overall say they are “a deal breaker” — 5 percent of Republicans, 24 percent of independents and 48 percent of Democrats agree; 31 percent of women and 21 percent of men agree.

The poll also found that 55 percent of the voters overall said the media is biased against Mr. Trump; 88 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of independents and 20 percent of Democrats agree with that.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly claimed none of the activities occurred and plans legal action following the election.

The Quinnipiac University poll of 1,007 likely U.S. voters was conducted Oct. 17 to 18.

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