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Poll: Nearly half of Pa. voters say AG Kane should resign amid charges |

Poll: Nearly half of Pa. voters say AG Kane should resign amid charges

| Tuesday, August 25, 2015 2:16 p.m
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown. Kane is accused of leaking secret grand jury information to the press, lying under oath and ordering aides to illegally snoop through computer files to keep tabs on an investigation into the leak.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane started her third year in office under the shadow of a grand jury investigation.
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Prosecutors Michelle Henry, a Greensburg native who is first assistant district attorney in Bucks County, and Kevin Steel, Montgomery County's first assistant district attorney, talk with reporters securing a trial of Attorney General Kathleen Kane during a preliminary hearing.
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A bearded attorney Gerald Shargel of New York City, representing Attorney General Kathleen Kane, addresses reporters after a hearing at which a district judge held his client for trial on charges of perjury, official oppression, obstruction of justice and false swearing.

HARRISBURG — Nearly half of Pennsylvanians think Attorney General Kathleen Kane should resign amid criminal charges, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Forty-nine percent of those questioned in the Quinnipiac University survey said Kane should step down; 27 percent said she should stay in office.

A majority, 54 percent, disapprove of the way Kane is handling her job. About one-fifth approve.

The poll surveyed 1,085 voters from Aug. 7-18.

Gov. Tom Wolf again urged Kane to step aside during a visit to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

“She should resign,” Wolf said. “I lament the fact that any public servant has their integrity called into question as she has had hers called into question.”

The poll’s release occurs one day after a district justice held Kane for trial on a felony perjury charge and seven misdemeanors accusing her of leaking secret grand jury material, lying under oath and scheming to cover up her actions. The Montgomery County district attorney charged Kane on Aug. 6.

“Only one side of the story has been fully told,” said Kane’s spokesman, Chuck Ardo. “We believe the numbers would be far different once the attorney general’s side of the story becomes public.”

Kane has said she’s innocent of wrongdoing.

Democrats are divided, 39-37 percent, on whether Kane should resign, but 60 percent of Republicans believe she should quit. Men favor her resignation 51-27 percent, and women, 46-27 percent, the poll found. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Brad Bumsted is Trib Total Media’s state Capitol reporter.

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