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Email Scandal: Americans Don’t Trust Hillary Clinton

on March 12, 2015

Majority of Americans believe email controversy will hurt Clinton’s 2016 ambitions

Alexandria, VA – On the heels of the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of private emails on a private server for official government correspondence, Vox Populi Polling conducted a nationwide survey to gauge Americans’ reactions. The numbers don’t look good for Clinton.

Not only do the majority of Americans, 52 percent, not trust Hillary Clinton, but 57 percent of Independents either somewhat distrust or greatly distrust her. A plurality of voters believe that Clinton intentionally withheld information and 68 percent believe that she risked American security. Americans also believe that Hillary Clinton should turn over all emails immediately. Among those polled, 55 percent of respondents believe that the email controversy is either somewhat or very likely to have an impact on the 2016 presidential race.

When asked about the Clinton Foundation receiving donations from foreign governments that were lobbying the State Department, a majority of voters believe that they were trying to buy influence with the U.S. government.

“Hillary Clinton’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week has gotten even worse,” said Vox Populi Polling spokeswoman Lisa Boothe. “The numbers illustrate that the controversy surrounding her emails is having a negative impact on public opinion of her. Not only do the majority of Americans not trust Hillary Clinton but they believe her use of private emails and a private server have risked American security. The response is so negative for Clinton that the majority of Americans believe it will impact the 2016 presidential election.”

METHODOLOGY: The sample size for the survey is 909 active voters in the US taken from a listed sample of registered voters who voted in the 2010 or 2012 general election or registered since the 2012 general election. The margin of error is +/- 3.3%. 700 interviews were completed using automated telephone technology and 209 were conducted using mobile based survey technology. All interviews were conducted March 10-11, 2015 by Vox Populi Polling. The total percentages for responses may not equal 100% due to rounding.

To view the results, click here.

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