NEW YORK (UPI) — A majority of U.S. adults disapprove of the FBI’s recommendation not to charge Hillary Clinton in her handling of emails as secretary of state, an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday indicates.
Announcing the FBI’s recommendation last week, Director James Comey said Clinton did not have criminal intent but was “extremely careless” in her handling of classified information in using a personal server for emails. In the survey, 56 percent disapprove of the decision compared with 35 approving.
Fifty-seven percent also are worried “how she would handle her responsibilities if she’s elected president.” Thirty-nine percent say they are not worried.
Fifty-eight percent of respondents said the outcome of the FBI’s investigation makes no difference in whether they support the presumptive Democratic nominee for president compared with 10 percent who said they were more likely to support her and 28 percent less likely.
Among Republicans, nine in 10 disagree with the FBI decision. Among Democrats, about two-thirds approve of the decision.
A minority of Republicans, 45 percent, say the issue makes no difference in their vote while another 47 percent say it makes them less apt to support her. Among Democrats, the email issue makes no difference to three-quarters, 16 percent say it’s strengthened their support and one in 10 say they’re less likely to vote for her because of the decision.
Most independents, 58 percent, say it won’t influence their vote but 33 percent are less likely to support her compared with 5 percent more likely.
This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cellphone on Wednesday and Thursday among a random national sample of 519 adults. Results have a margin of error of 5 points.
Clinton has a 4.5 percentage point average lead over presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump in polling from June 24 to Wednesday, according to RealClear Politics. Most of the polling was done before the FBI director’s announcement Tuesday.
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