A large majority of liberal voters think Hillary Clinton should keep running for president even if she is charged with a felony in connection with her private email use while secretary of state, according to a new poll.
Clinton was strongly criticized last week in a report by the State Department Inspector General.
The report found multiple warnings about cyber-security were ignored and staffers who expressed concerns were told “never to speak of the Secretary’s personal email system again.” No matter how many times she was reminded, she just didn’t care.
Yet, This doesn’t seem to be a big issue among Democrats. The Rasmussen poll released Tuesday found 71% of Democratic voters think she should keep running even if she is indicted, a view shared by only 30% of Republicans and 46% of unaffiliated voters. Overall, 50 percent of those polled said she should keep running.
Bernie Sanders has avoided commenting directly about the probe, but campaign manager Jeff Weaver has questioned whether she could keep going if indicted.
40% of all voters say they are less likely to vote for Clinton because of the email scandal and her reputation for dishonesty, and 48% said it would have no impact on their vote. According to the poll, 65% of voters consider it likely that Clinton broke the law with her email use, with 47% saying it’s very likely.
The poll of 1,000 likely voters was conducted May 29-30. It had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.