In an ABC News/Washington Post poll, a majority of respondents said they disagreed with the FBI’s recommendation not to press charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of her family’s private email server to conduct official business – including confidential matters – during her time as Secretary of State.
Overall, 56 percent disapproved of the FBI Director James Comey’s decision. Thirty-five percent approved.
In addition, 57 percent responded that the FBI’s decision worries them with how Hillary Clinton would act as president, with 39 percent saying that the controversy is unrelated to how she would act in office.
Not surprisingly, the issue is politically divided with 90 percent of Republicans saying that the FBI should have pressed criminal charges against the Democratic presumptive nominee, and also that the issue is worrisome with how the candidate would act as president.
Perhaps slightly surprising, however, is that Democrats are not completely sympathetic to Clinton. Only 66 percent said they approved with FBI Director James Comey’s decision. About 30 percent said they disapproved.
Sixty percent of independents said that Hillary Clinton should have been charged with a crime for her part in the email controversy, and that the FBI’s decision raises worries about how the Democratic presumptive nominee will be as president.
Regarding whether the controversy will affect people’s support for the candidate in the general election, Republicans, of course, were more likely to say that it would make them less likely to support her:
Forty-five percent of Republicans say the issue makes no difference in their vote — likely meaning they wouldn’t have voted for Clinton anyway — and an additional 47 percent say it makes them less apt to support her. Among Democrats, the email issue makes no difference to three-quarters, and 16 percent say it has strengthened their support (likely given that she wasn’t charged) — but 10 percent say they’re less likely to vote for her because of it.
Most independents, 58 percent, say the issue won’t influence their choice, but those who say it has made them less likely to support Clinton far outnumber those who say it has made them more apt to vote for her, 33 percent versus 5 percent.
Hillary Clinton already had a trust issue with voters. This controversy only bolsters criticisms of her character.
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