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