Hillary Clinton jumped on the release last week of an 11-year-old video in which Donald Trump makes graphic sexual comments to say it shows her Republican rival’s demeaning attitude toward women. But Trump countered that Clinton was an enabler who allowed her husband, former President Bill Clinton, to sexually assault women for years. Voters tend to agree with Trump that Bill Clinton’s behavior was worse, but not surprisingly there’s a sharp partisan difference of opinion.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters say allegations by women who claim to have been sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton are worse than Trump’s graphic sexual comments about women. Twenty-eight percent (28%) say Trump’s comments are worse, but nearly as many (26%) think the behavior of the two men is about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
A closer look at the numbers shows that 69% of Republicans and unaffiliated voters by a 49% to 21% margin consider Clinton’s behavior worse than Trump’s, but only 15% of Democrats agree. Forty-six percent (46%) of Democrats say Trump’s comments are worse, although 35% of voters in the Clintons’ party rate the two as about the same.
While 89% of Trump supporters believe the allegations against Clinton are worse, 61% of voters supporting the former first lady say Trump’s comments are worse. One-in-three Clinton voters (32%) rate them both about the same.