July 13, 2016 – The lead of Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump narrowed down to three points this week after days of controversy following the recommendation of FBI Director James Comey that no criminal charges should be brought against the state’s former secretary over her private email server usage.
While the developments are definitely good news for the campaign of Clinton, the critical statement of Comey regarding with Clinton’s way of handling of the matter wasn’t positive.
The lead of Clinton over Trump has dramatically deteriorated in the past couple of weeks since Clinton’s lead peaked 2 weeks ago.
A relatively strong majority of voters of about 82% agreed that it was totally inappropriate for Hillary Clinton to use a personal server for her emails during her tenure as a state secretary. Furthermore, a smaller majority of about 56% individuals said they disagreed with the recommendation of Comey that Clinton shouldn’t be prosecuted for the personal use of the server.
These poll results are according to the latest online tracking poll conducted from July 4 to July 10, 2016. The survey questions pertaining to the email controversy of Clinton were added following the announcement of Comey.
Last Monday, Comey announced to the public the conclusion of the investigation of the FBI into Hillary Clinton’s use of personal server for her emails during her tenure as state secretary. She had been criticized for mishandling classified information as well as for the reckless treatment of sensitive information of her administration. While about 8 out of 10 voters agree that Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server was inappropriate, this number also included about 7 in ten of her own supporters.
Clinton’s email controversy seems to have a high impact on voters’ impressions of her as 66% of voters now say she is not trustworthy and honest – including a portion of her own followers. This issue was then a sticking point for a lot of Democrats during her primary run and is usually attributed in part to the ability of Bernie Sander to remain somewhat competitive with Hillary Clinton.