Half of the Democrats surveyed in a new poll say the accusations of inappropriate touching against former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE will make no difference in how they vote.

The Politico/Morning Consult poll released early Wednesday also found that 29 percent of Democratic respondents say the accusations would make them less likely to vote for Biden. Fourteen percent said the allegations would make them “much less likely” to vote for Biden, who is reportedly close to announcing a bid for the White House in 2020.


The poll’s results are based on surveys with 1,992 voters from April 5-7. The poll has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

Several women in recent weeks have come forward to accuse Biden of touching them in ways that made them feel uncomfortable over the years.

Biden earlier this month responded to the accusations, acknowledging in a video that social norms have changed and pledging to be more “mindful” of the personal space of others.

“Social norms have begun to change, they’ve shifted, and the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset, and I get it,” Biden said. “I hear what they’re saying. I understand it. I’ll be much more mindful. That’s my responsibility, and I’ll meet it.”

The poll also showed that a majority of Democrats — 53 percent — say Biden is the Democrat with the best chance of beating President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in the general election.

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