Majority of Americans Think They Can't Run for Office

The majority of Americans -- including two-thirds of American women -- think their pasts would preclude them from ever seeking election

Less than a day after more-than-a-decade-old allegations of sexual harassment against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain broke into view, the latest 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll revealed that the majority of Americans said "their past would preclude them from running for public office."

Asked to consider decisions made in the past that could come out in an election, 62 percent of Americans don't think they could run for office, with women (66 percent) more inclined to say they could not run than men (58 percent).

The 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll asks questions not usually asked by CBS pollsters.

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Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor covering national politics at The Atlantic.

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