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Would You Vote for a Presidential Candidate Who Had the Extramaritals? — Survey of the Day

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With adulterous accusations involving Herman Cain and an Atlanta business woman flying around, a Pew Research Center poll shows the public may have difficulty voting for him. Even though his once-promising presidential campaign has been thrown into disarray after Ginger White claimed she had a 13-year affair with the married former Godfather pizza CEO, nearly half Americans don’t really care.

According to the survey of 1,509 adults, 46 percent said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who had an extramarital affair, whereas 49 percent said that wouldn’t factor into their decisions. Two percent actually said they would be more likely to vote for a cheater.

This marks a bit of  a shift from 2007, when only 39 percent answered they would be less inclined to pull the lever for a candidate who had strayed, and 56 percent said that wouldn’t make any difference.

[Pew Research Center]

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