63 of voters not affiliated with either party and 25 of Democrats disagree with decision
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON D.C. While the FBI concluded that Hillary Clinton exposed top secret information to hostile countries
when she used a private e-mail server stored in her home basement Director James Comey announced Tuesday that the FBI would not pursue a criminal indictment.
A Tuesday evening Rasmussen Reports National Telephone & Online Survey
taken prior to Director Comeys difficult Thursday testimony
explaining the decision to a Congressional Oversight Committee showed that 54 of Likely U.S. Voters disagree and believe the FBI should have sought an indictment
The poll also revealed that
In addition to the survey showing 54 of Likely Voters disagree with the FBIs announcement:
64 of Democrats agree with Comeys decision not to seek criminal indictment of their partys presumptive presidential nominee
In late May 65 of Likely U.S. Voters told Rasmussen they believe its likely Clinton broke the law
- 37 of Likely U.S. Voters agree with Comey & the FBI and
- 10 are undecided
by sending and receiving e-mails containing classified information through a private home-brew e-mail server while serving as Secretary of State.
The Rasmussen Reports poll showed more detailed troublesome beliefs for Clinton among Likely Voers :
- 53 of political moderates disagree with the decision not to indict Clinton on criminal charges
- 75 of conservatives disagree with the decision and
- 64 of liberals agree with the decision
Sizable majorities across nearly every demographic category agree that powerful people get preferential treatment when they break
- 81 of voters believe powerful people get preferential treatment when they break the law
- 10 disagree
Among those who think powerful people get preferential treatment 63 disagree with the FBIs decision not to seek a criminal indictment of Clinton.
Critics of the FBIs decision point out that lower-level individuals caught mishandling the same type of top secret or classified information have been subject to prosecution and more severe penalties.
Ninety percent (90) of those who do not believe the powerful are treated differently agree with the FBIs action.
While men and those over 40 are more likely to disagree with the Clinton decision than women and younger voters:
- 58 of blacks agree with the FBIs decision not to pursue a criminal indictment against Clinton
- 57 of whites and
- 60 of other minority voters disagree
Voters predicted months ago what the FBI would decide. Just 25 said in January that it was somewhat likely Clinton would be charged with a felony
- Just 30 of voters give Clinton good or excellent marks for her handling of questions about her use of the private e-mail server while Secretary of State
- 49 rate her performance as poor
Following last weeks release of the Final Report by the Special Congressional Committee on the 2012 Benghazi Attacks 49 of voters said the believe Clinton lied to the families of those killed in Benghazi
about the cause of their deaths.
Even prior to the FBIs announcement yesterday Republicans had a lot more confidence in Donald Trumps honesty than Democrats do in Clintons
Sixty-two percent (62) of voters have a favorable opinion of the Federal Bureau of Investigation but that includes only 16 with a Very Favorable one
28 share a favorable view of the federal agency with 11 who see it Very Favorably.
The survey of 1000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 5 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is /- 3 percentage points with a 95 level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research LLC. See methodology.