The poll was conducted Oct. 31 through Nov. 3, starting the evening after Politico first reported the harassment allegations. Support for Cain was basically steady over the four nights of interviewing, even as new charges against him surfaced.
Nearly a quarter of all Republicans and GOP-leaning independents now back Cain as the party’s nominee, his best showing in Post-ABC polls this year, and up significantly from early October. At 23 percent nationally, Cain is neck-and-neck with Romney (24 percent) atop the GOP field.
Republicans should vote for whoever they want and I am sympathetic to conservatives who feel that the establishment is trying to shove Romney down their throats. At the same time, I can’t imagine allegations like this not hurting a Democratic candidate badly, among Democratic primary voters. (Before anyone goes there, this is nothing like Clinton’s impeachment, since this was not preceded by a multi-year federally-funded witch-hunt against Cain.)