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Should you care more about a politician's morals or their policies?

As Brett Kavanaugh begins his tenure on the Supreme Court, riding a wave of conservative support, a new poll shows a majority of self-identified Republicans would still vote for a candidate even if they were accused of sexual harassment. Those polled said they were willing to overlook such allegations as long as the candidate agreed with their political views. Supporters say it's more important to elect officials who will advocate for your policies. Others argue we should elect leaders with character. What do you think?

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NBC News breaks down the poll, explaining the results are split dramatically along party lines.

As both political parties confront a new wave of sexual misconduct complaints unleashed by the #MeToo movement, more than half of Republicans say that they would still consider voting for a candidate accused of sexual harassment as long as they agreed with them on the issues.
A new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute finds that six in 10 Americans (60 percent) say they would not consider supporting a candidate who had been accused of sexual harassment by multiple people, while 38 percent say they would still be open to voting for such a candidate.
And those who say multiple accusations of harassment are not disqualifying for political candidates are overwhelmingly more likely to be Republicans than to be Democrats. More than half — 56 percent — of Republicans overall, and 61 percent of Republican men, said they would still consider voting for an accused candidate, the poll found.
What’s more, an overwhelming majority of Democrats — 81 percent — said that they would definitely not support a candidate accused of sexual harassment by several people, while only 34 percent of Republicans said the same.
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Many Democrats in Minnesota are currently facing this very issue. Keith Ellison, a longtime Democratic politician and party player, is running for Minnesota Attorney General. Ellison was recently accused of domestic abuse by a former girlfriend. Some supporters claim other issues, including racism and Islamophobia, are stoking the allegations against Ellison. However, many voters are still wondering whether to cast their vote for Ellison in the contentious primary. Per The Huffington Post

[I]t’s not just the rock-ribbed Republicans assembled in Plymouth ― voters Ellison could never hope to win over ― who appear to be swayed by the allegations against him. Some reliably Democratic voters, who spoke to HuffPost prior to the release of Ellingstad’s report, were unwilling to cast a ballot for him.
“I don’t have a comfort level, and if it gets to be Nov. 6, and I still don’t have comfort with him, I won’t cast a vote for him,” said a woman in a Twin Cities suburb who asked to withhold her name for fear of jeopardizing her future in Democratic activism.
Tara Engebretson, a real estate agent in Wayzata, was an Ellison fan prior to the allegation but now needs more information to be willing to vote for him.
“Especially with the way the Kavanaugh thing is landing, we can’t keep letting it slide under the carpet,” said Engebretson, who plans to vote for the other Democratic candidates on the ticket.
A third woman active in Minnesota Democratic politics, who also withheld her name due to professional concerns, plans to vote for Ellison ― but then she wants him to resign so there can be a special election to fill his seat.
“Minnesota needs the Democrat to win. I wish the Democrat wasn’t Keith Ellison,” she said.
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Many voters, specifically women, are unbothered by these types of allegations. Per The Guardian:

Many women voters seem turned off by the idea of claiming victimhood through gender. One woman, explaining to New York Magazine why she voted for Trump even after the “grab them by the pussy” audio was released, said: “I like getting groped! ... When a guy gropes me, I get groping on them! I grope them back.” After Senator Al Franken was accused of harassment and was seemingly forced out of Congress by some of his women colleagues, female constituents were polled as supporting Franken in higher numbers than their male counterparts. The senator who led the charge against Franken, Democrat Kristen Gillibrand, has seen her approval ratings drop ever since.
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Per Newsweek, political issues tend to supersede any potential concerns about sexual misconduct.

“While majorities of men and women both say they wouldn’t vote for a candidate accused of sexual harassment, partisanship trumps gender on this issue,” said PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones. “Strong majorities of Democratic men and women, compared to only about four in ten Republican women and fewer than three in ten Republican men, say they wouldn’t vote for a candidate facing multiple accusations of sexual harassment.”
Trump won 41 percent of the female vote in 2016, largely because of the 52 percent of white women who voted for him (exit poll data shows that only 4 percent of black women and 25 percent of Hispanic women voted for Trump).
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The Atlantic lists 25 candidates who would have been running for election in 2018 who have withdrawn from their races or resigned after allegations of sexual misconduct became public. The candidates were on both sides of the political spectrum, but all left office after public outcry. 

Former Representative Patrick Meehan, Pennsylvania 7th, Republican
Allegation:The New York Times reported on January 20 that Meehan used thousands of taxpayer dollars to settle a sexual-harassment claim brought by a female former staffer in 2017. She alleged that he grew hostile after she rejected his romantic advances.
Response: John Elizandro, Meehan’s communications director, issued a statement saying that the congressman “denies these allegations” and “has always treated his colleagues, male and female, with the utmost respect and professionalism.”
Status: On January 25, Meehan announced that he would not seek reelection. But he abruptly resigned on April 27 amid a House Ethics Committee investigation into his alleged conduct, and said that he would pay back the funds used for the settlement.
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Should you care more about a politician's morals or their policies?
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#VoteOnIssues
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