The public largely supports a criminal investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email accounts according to a national Monmouth University Poll. While the poll says that many Americans feel Clinton’s motives were acceptable, 52 percent of those surveyed support a thorough investigation to make sure that no national security issues or classified information were released.
Fifty one percent of registered voters feel that Clinton’s use of a personal email account during her time as Secretary of State was a matter of convenience. Among Democrats surveyed, the number rises to 80 percent believing it was a matter of convenience. Among Republicans, 68 percent say that Clinton presumably has something to hide. Among Independents, the numbers are split (48 percent say it was a matter of convenience, 41 percent say Clinton may be hiding something).
Republicans are more likely than Democrats or Independents to say they have “heard a lot about the story.”
The poll also surveyed respondent’s opinions of the presidential candidates leading up to the GOP debate. Among independent voters, Trump and Clinton had the highest negative ratings among independents with 54 percent and 52 percent, respectively. As the survey was taken before the debate, the Monmouth University Poll states that opinion of Trump may have changed.
The data is based on a random sample of 1,033 registered voters.