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Plurality of Pennsylvanians Polled by RMU Now Think Kane Should Resign

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 28, 2015 — As the Pennsylvania State Senate begins an inquiry into whether to remove embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a poll by Robert Morris University finds her support vanishing.

Only 15.3 percent of Pennsylvanians surveyed in mid-October now believe Kane should remain in office, down nearly two percent from five months ago.

The number of those polled who say Kane should resign from office jumped by 10 percentage points from May, rising to 43.6 percent — the first time a clear plurality of those polled said Kane should quit.

Slightly more than 41 percent of those polled said they don’t know enough about Kane’s situation to form an opinion.

The first Democrat to be elected state attorney general, Kane took office in January of 2013. Fifteen months later she found herself in the midst of a controversy over her decision to kill an undercover corruption sting that ensnared a half-dozen Philadelphia politicians.

In August, a Montgomery County prosecutor charged Kane with several misdemeanors and a felony count of perjury, saying she lied under oath about whether she leaked grand jury information in an attempt to discredit a political opponent. Two months later, prosecutors added another felony count of perjury, saying she repeatedly denied under oath that she had ever signed a secrecy oath covering the grand jury from which the leaks occurred.

That charge followed a search of her office that turned up what prosecutors say is a copy of the oath signed by Kane.

State senators are exploring whether to remove Kane under an obscure clause in the state Constitution that allows them to bypass formal impeachment in select instances and with the consent of the governor.

Gov. Tom Wolf, like Kane a Democrat, has said he believes Kane should resign. 

ABOUT THE POLL: The poll was conducted by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute. Polling by the institute is conducted on a regular basis and may also include spontaneous polling on occurring events. RMU polls have been featured in national media outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and Huffington Post. Go to rmu.edu/poll for more information.

METHODOLOGY: The poll sampled opinions of 523 Pennsylvania residents statewide during the same time period and employing the same methodology. The Pennsylvania results have a +/- 4.5-percentage point margin of error at a 95 percent confidence level on a composite basis.

ABOUT ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY: Through 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate degree programs across five academic schools, Robert Morris University (RMU) in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to change its students' lives so that they can go out and change the lives of others for the better. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate, nontraditional and online students from 45 states and 41 nations are enrolled at RMU, which sits on 230 scenic acres just 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Emphasizing experiential learning, Robert Morris focuses on professional development, service learning, global awareness, undergraduate research, campus leadership, and cultural experiences, all of which are documented on our innovative Student Engagement Transcript. More than 100 clubs and organizations help students to develop leadership skills, network professionally, and meet friends. RMU also has 16 NCAA Division I athletic programs, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey, and men's and women's lacrosse. Learn more at rmu.edu.