(National Sentinel) Fallout: A new poll of Minnesota voters shows that support for Democratic Sen. Al Franken has fallen dramatically following allegations of improper sexual conduct in 2006 and beyond.

According to a survey conducted by local affiliate KSTP and SurveyUSA, Franken’s approval rating has fallen 17 points since the allegations became public, from 53 percent to 36 percent.

Less than one-quarter of those surveyed — 22 percent — said they thought Franken should remain in office.

That compares with about one-third of Minnesotans who said that Franken should resign. And another 26 percent said they want to wait to see the results of a Senate Ethics Committee investigation before they decide.

Franken has been accused by a female news anchor of kissing and groping her without her consent in an incident while both appeared on a USO tour in 2006.

A second accuser said he groped her while they took a photo at a state fair in 2010.

If he chooses to remain in office, however, just 32 percent of Minnesotans believe he’ll still be an “effective” senators, while 37 percent think he’ll be ineffective and 32 percent said they were not sure.

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