Sorry, folks, I know a lot of you are hoping I’m going to say, “go to prison,” but that’s not what this group of voters were asked in Rasmussen’s latest survey. Nonetheless, this latest poll has got to have Hillary Clinton and her campaign in a bit of a special kind of tizzy today.When asked if it’s time for the Democrat presidential candidate to suspend her campaign due to her ever-expanding email scandal, nearly half of all voters — both parties — say yes.
As Rasmussen Reports elaborates:Growing national security questions about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server during her time as secretary of State are drowning out much of her message as a presidential candidate and causing many of her fellow Democrats to worry about the future of her campaign. Is it time for Clinton to put her campaign on temporary hold?
Voters are almost evenly divided on that question: the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Clinton should suspend her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination until all of the legal questions about her use of the private e-mail server are resolved. Nearly as many (44%) disagree. Nine percent (9%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Even one-in-four Democrats (24%) agree that the front-runner for their party’s nomination should suspend her campaign for the time being. But that compares to 73% of Republicans and 46% of voters not affiliated with either major party.Forty-five percent (45%) of all voters – but only 18% of Democrats – now consider the national security questions raised about Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server while serving as secretary of State to be a serious scandal. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of likely voters consider the matter an embarrassing situation, while nearly as many (23%) say it’s no big deal.
Rasmussen’s latest poll gets even more interesting when we pull back the layers a bit to see the correlation between approval of President Obama and support for Hillary Clinton staying in the race. Perhaps not surprising to see that those voters who, inexplicably, approve of President Obama’s performance don’t care too much about our former Secretary of State jeopardizing our nation’s national security for her own personal reasons. Actually kinda makes sense really.
Voters who approve of the job President Obama is doing are strongly opposed to Clinton suspending her campaign. Most voters who disapprove of the president’s job performance think she should take a break until the legal questions about the e-mail server are resolved.Just 37% of all voters say they trust Clinton. Sixty-three percent (63%) think it’s likely some actions Clinton took as secretary of State were influenced by donations made to the Clinton Foundation. This includes 42% who say it’s Very Likely.
This question always gets me. Yes, the number of voters who trust Clinton keeps going down, but it still leaves one to wonder, who in the world still trusts this woman? As they say, there’s a sucker born every minute…
In any case, these new numbers, against the backdrop of Vice President Joe Biden reportedly moving closer to stepping into the race — with President Obama’s blessing, no less — have got to make this another terrible Tuesday for Hillary Clinton. But of course this woman who believes it’s her turn to be president might just say, “What difference at this point does it make?” Because Hillary Clinton has shown us time and again that she’s gonna do things her own way, not content to live by the rules — and reality — by which us mere mortals abide.