Quinnipiac Poll: New Jerseyans say 52-39% that Menendez should resign

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New Jersey voters say 52-39% that U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) should resign, according to this morning’s Quinnipiac University Poll.

Voters say 54-23% that Menendez, indicted on 14 counts of corruption, is not trustworthy.

Broken down according to party affiliation, Republicans want Menendez gone, 61-32%, independents wants him out 51-40%, and Democrats 46-44%.

In reference to the indictment, 45% of those polled say Menendez did something illegal, while 38% say he did something unethical but not illegal. Just eight percent said he did not nothing wrong, with nine percent undecided.

“The accusation is enough; voters say U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez should quit,” said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “More than 80% of New Jerseyans think what the senator did was illegal or at least unethical, but hardly anyone believes he is blameless.”

Quinnipac conducted the poll of 1,428 registered voters in New Jersey from April 9-14. The poll has margin of error of +/-2.6 percentage points.

The poll flies in the face of a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released last week. According to Rutgers, 58% of Garden State residents say Menendez should stay unless he is proved guilty, while 34 percent want him to leave immediately, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Longtime Menendez friend and ally Mike Soliman released a statement in response to today’s Quinnipiac Poll.

“Senator Bob Menendez has been the victim of a coordinated, anonymous smear campaign for nearly 3 years,’ said Soliman. “But he will not be silenced. Unfortunately, this poll did not provide responders  with the benefit of Senator Menendez’s side of the story — but only a one-sided reiteration of allegations. We  believe that once New Jerseyans have the opportunity to hear Bob’s side, and have the benefit of all the facts we have yet to present, they will form a very different conclusion. In the meantime, he will continue as he always has, fighting for the people of New Jersey.”

  Quinnipiac Poll: New Jerseyans say 52-39% that Menendez should resign