SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — A majority of San Franciscans believe Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi should resign from office following his guilty plea earlier this week to a lesser charge of false imprisonment stemming from a domestic violence incident with his wife, according to a new KPIX-TV CBS 5 poll.

The poll found 61 percent of city residents surveyed want Mirkarimi to leave office, while only 21 percent think he should remain sheriff.

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If he doesn’t step down on his own, another clear majority (58 percent) of San Franciscans said they think city leaders should take steps to remove Mirkarimi from office.

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Other poll findings showed half of the city’s residents (50 percent) felt Mirkarimi’s sentence of probation – coupled with a fine and community service plus domestic violence classes – was too lenient, and nearly half (49 percent) felt prosecutors were wrong to offer Mirkarimi a plea bargain in the case.

The CBS 5 poll was conducted Tuesday by the firm SurveyUSA, which sampled 408 adults living in the city, and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.9 percent.

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