Hillary Clinton's email scandal will hurt her in a November general election, more than half the voters questioned in a new Suffolk University poll
of 500 likely Iowa Democratic Caucus voters agree.
But the poll also shows that voters still back her by more than 34 points over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, her closest rival for the party nomination.
"There is a fierce loyalty to Hillary Clinton among likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, in a statement with the poll. "Despite reports suggesting her vulnerability, these Democratic voters say they don’t believe she broke the law."
The numbers in the survey were:
- Clinton, 54 percent support
- Sanders, 20 percent;
- Vice President Joe Biden, 11 percent;
- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, 4 percent;
- Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, 1 percent;
- Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, less than 1 percent.
The poll found 9 percent of likely Iowa Democratic Caucus voters were undecided.
The poll included Biden, even though he has not yet entered the race. If he decides not to run the votes will split, with Clinton dropping to 39 percent support, and Sanders and O'Malley gaining, with 29 percent and 18 percent support, respectively. The poll carried a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 points.
Clinton got her strongest support from female voters, who gave her 58 percent of the count, compared to 15 percentage points for Sanders, and 13 for Biden.
The former secretary of state, though, is facing several issues concerning honesty and trust, and non-Clinton voters had several reasons for not wanting to vote for her, including 18 percent who simply said they like another candidate more.
Other reasons the Democrats gave for not favoring Clinton included:
- Untrustworthy/dishonest, 9 percent;
- Email controversy, 9 percent;
- Has a lot of baggage/issues, 5 percent;
- Views on issues, 4 percent;
- She’s a Clinton, 3 percent;
- Won’t make it, 3 percent;
- Wall Street/corporate; 3 percent;
- Need change; 2 percent;
- Not progressive enough, 2 percent;
- Bad publicity/news, 2 percent.
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