Larry Craig

Survey finds interviews boosted support for Craig

A national study found that the level of support for Idaho Sen. Larry Craig increased among people who watched his Tuesday night interview with NBC's Matt Lauer.

The survey was conducted by HCD Research and the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. They found that Craig's support increased slightly across all political spectrums after he told Lauer his version of the events on June 11, when he was arrested in a sex sting in the men's room of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

Before the interview, about 63 percent of people thought he was soliciting sex when he was arrested. After the interview, 52 percent thought he was soliciting sex. Before watching the interview, 15 percent of people thought he was wrongfully charged. That number went up to 28 percent after they watched the interview.

The Pennsylvania-based researchers interviewed 606 people Wednesday and Thursday. Survey participants indicated their levels of believability by moving a computer mouse from left to right on a continuum while viewing video segments of Craig's responses. The responses were recorded in quarter-second intervals and reported in the form of curves.