by Sierra Marlee | July 12, 2016 4:07 pm
Hillary Clinton supporters (is there such a thing?) have received quite a blow after learning that the gap between Clinton and Trump has once again shrunk, after an extremely controversial week.
Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump narrowed to 3 points this week after several days of controversy following FBI Director James Comey’s recommendation that no criminal charges be brought against the former secretary of state over her use of a private email server.
While the developments are certainly good news for the Clinton campaign, Comey’s critical statement on Clinton’s handling of the matter was not positive. Clinton’s lead over Trump has deteriorated in the past couple weeks since her lead peaked two weeks ago.
A strong majority of voters (82 percent) agreed that it was inappropriate for Clinton to use a personal email server during her tenure as secretary of state. A smaller majority — 56 percent — also said they disagreed with Comey’s recommendation that Clinton not be prosecuted for use of the server.
These results are according to the latest from the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll conducted online from July 4 through July 10, 2016. Survey questions pertaining to Clinton’s email controversy were added following Comey’s announcement.
Last Monday, Comey announced the conclusion of the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a personal email server during her time as secretary of state. Clinton had been criticized for mishandling classified information and for her administration’s reckless treatment of sensitive information. While about eight in 10 of all voters agree that Clinton’s use of an email server was “inappropriate,” this number also includes nearly seven in 10 of her own supporters.
While a majority of American voters (56 percent) disagree with Comey’s recommendation that Clinton should not be prosecuted by the Department of Justice, these attitudes break sharply by candidate support. Though Donald Trump’s supporters nearly unanimously (93 percent) disagree with the FBI’s conclusions, a majority (78 percent) of Clinton’s supporters agree that she should not be prosecuted. A notable two in 10 of Clinton’s supporters, however, said they disagreed with Comey’s decision as well.
Do you really think Hillary Clinton has a chance? Or are you on the Trump train?
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