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Most NJ Voters Want Bob Menendez to Resign Senate Seat: Quinnipiac

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By    |   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 09:11 AM

A majority of New Jersey voters say they think Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez should resign after being slapped with corruption charges earlier this month, a new poll has found.

According to a Quinnipiac poll conducted April 9-14 of 1,428 residents, 52 percent believe Menendez should resign compared to 39 percent who say he should not. An additional 54 percent of voters say Menendez is not honest and trustworthy compared to 23 percent who say he is.

Menendez is accused of improperly using his influence to benefit a close friend in return for extravagant travel perks and lucrative campaign donations. His supporters are encouraging him to fight the charges, which he has pledged he will do.

Views about his resignation fall along party lines. Sixty-one percent of Republicans and 51 percent of independents believe he should resign, but Democrats are divided by 46 percent to 44 percent.

"The accusation is enough, voters say; U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez should quit. Even almost half of his fellow Democrats think so," Quinnipiac University Poll assistant director Maurice Carroll said in a statement.

The poll also found that 45 percent of voters believe he did something illegal and another 38 percent of voters say he did "something unethical but nothing illegal." Just 8 percent of voters say he did not do anything "seriously wrong."

"More than 80 percent of New Jerseyans think what the senator did was illegal or at least unethical, but hardly anyone believes he's blameless," Carroll said.

Meanwhile, the poll also asked New Jersey voters their views about Cuba and Iran.

Voters approve 64 percent to 28 percent the president's decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, with approval at 60 percent or higher among Democrats, independents, men, women, and all age groups. Republicans disapprove by 57 percent to 36 percent.

New Jersey voters also support, 56 percent to 38 percent, the preliminary agreement with Iran to lift economic sanctions in exchange for restrictions on Iran's nuclear program, though Republicans again remain the only group opposed to the deal.

"On the two issues where Menendez is fighting President Barack Obama, the deal with Iran and rebuilding ties with Cuba — voters support Obama, not Menendez," Carroll said.

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