Sixty-two percent of voters say it is likely that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her staff deleted 30,000 emails from her private server in order to hide something incriminating from the FBI, according to a Rasmussen survey released on Wednesday.
When the scandal was first disclosed in March of last year, only 39 percent of all voters thought she was deliberately trying to hide something.
The FBI said that Clinton potentially exposed top secret information when she inappropriately used a private email server as secretary of state, but FBI Director James Comey decided not to pursue a criminal indictment against her. In a previous Rasmussen survey, 54 percent of voters disagreed with that decision.
A majority of voters in this latest poll also said that if the Russians had done what Republican nominee Donald Trump had suggested, and managed to get the emails through cyber-spying and then turned them over to the FBI, this would either be good for relations (27 percent) between the two countries or would have no impact on ties (26 percent).
Other findings in the latest survey include:
- 90 percent of Republicans said Clinton likely tried to hide from the FBI something that was in the emails
- 63 percent of the politically unaffiliated agreed
- Only 36 percent of Democrats said the emails were deleted in order to hide information
- 65 percent of whites say she was trying to hide something, but only 30 percent of blacks think so
- Among Republicans, 59 percent thought it would either be good or have no impact on Washington-Moscow ties if the Russians stole the emails and turned them over to the FBI
- Among Democrats, that number was 46 percent.
The survey of I,000 likely voters was conducted on July 28 and 31. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.
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