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Herman Cain Resists Controversy: Poll

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Herman Cain appeared resistant to recent controversy after a poll found the GOP candidate only two percentage points behind frontrunner Mitt Romney for the presidential nomination, suggesting Cain supporters have been steadfast.

The ABC News/Washington Post survey conducted Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 saw an uptick in favor for Cain since the last poll conducted at the beginning of October.

Reports surfaced earlier this week of sexual harassment allegations against Cain, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza.
Herman Cain appears resistant to sexual harassment allegations

Part of the survey also sampled the impact the controversy would have on Republican-leaning voters, which found 69% of respondents felt there was no difference at all. The poll found 23% of respondents were "less likely" to vote for Cain while 4% said they were "more likely."

"There's nothing substantiated, there's just a lot of talk," said Bill Jones, who has donated the maximum individual contribution to Cain and owns a petroleum distributor business in Georgia. "I think the Cain supporters have a basic line of trust in what he is doing."

In the two days after harassment accusations surfaced, Cain grabbed a double-digit lead on Romney in a South Carolina primary poll, signaling Cain might have increased his support since the controversy broke.

To further bolster the point, the Cain campaign claimed it received donations of about $250,000 on Monday and Tuesday.

The survey said the controversy does pose a risk for Cain as "just under" four in 10 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents did think that the allegations were a serious matter.

Only two national polls have been taken since the controversy went public at the beginning of the week, but the outspoken candidate's survival goes beyond the polls -- the Cain campaign must also survive attacks from his actual opponents in the next GOP debate on Nov. 9.

-- Reported by Joe Deaux in New York.

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