July 11, 2016

Majority Of Americans Believe Clinton Deserved To Be Charged For Putting Classified Emails At Risk

A new poll conducted by ABC News/Washington Post found that a majority of Americans disagree with the FBI’s decision to not recommend charges be filed against Secretary Clinton for her handling of classified material on her private, homebrew server.


Overall, 56 percent disapprove of FBI Director James Comey’s recommendation not to charge Clinton, while just 35 percent approve. Similarly, 57 percent say the incident makes them worried about how Clinton might act as president if she were elected, with most very worried about it. Just 39 percent feel the issue isn’t related to how she’d perform as president.

Questions about Clinton’s character have been a key weakness of her candidacy. Americans by broad margins have said they don’t regard her as honest and trustworthy. She trailed Bernie Sanders on this attribute by about 20 percentage points consistently in the Democratic primaries.

As was noted numerous times on Sunday morning shows this week, Clinton’s trust issues are unlikely to dissipate any time soon:

Her team is particularly eager to put this email scandal behind them, but questions of trust are synonymous with Clinton. Meanwhile, The Hill is reporting that pressure is growing on the State Department to revoke the security clearances of several of Clinton’s top aides for their involvement in mishandling classified material. The list of staffers includes Huma Abedin, Jake Sullivan, and Cheryl Mills.

Despite Clinton’s best efforts, she will be carrying the burden of this email scandal into the fall.