Going to do something controversial? Better off getting caught cheating on your spouse than abusing your official power, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday.
The survey asked voters about a theoretical 53-year-old male congressman, married with two children, whose "main concern in office is developing policies to help middle-class working families."
Quinnipiac then told some voters he was "unfaithful to his wife with another woman." Among those voters, only 36 percent have a "very favorable" or "somewhat favorable" opinion, with 58 percent "somewhat unfavorable" or "very unfavorable."
Thirty-nine percent said they would they definitely or probably would vote for him, while 49 percent said they definitely or probably would not vote for him.
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Other voters were informed that "Miller created a new, well-paid position on his staff in order to hire an unqualified family member as a favor."
This time, 22 percent had a very or somewhat favorable opinion, while 75 percent viewed this as somewhat or very unfavorable. About one-fourth said they would definitely or probably vote for him--and two thirds said they wouldn't.