According to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll, most Americans surveyed continue to believe Hillary Clinton is a lawbreaker, while half of all voters also say a felony indictment should not prevent her from continuing her presidential campaign. On the other hand, the poll showed that 43% of Likely U.S. voters think Clinton should immediately stop campaigning if she is charged with a felony in connection with her use of a private e-mail server while serving as Secretary of State. 50% believe Clinton should continue running until a court determines her guilt or innocence.
 
Among Democrats, 71% believe Clinton should keep running, which is a view shared by only 30% of Republicans and 46% of unaffiliated voters. Forty percent of all voters say they are less likely to vote for Clinton because of the e-mail issue, while almost half (48%) say it will have no impact on their vote. Just eight percent (8%) say the issue makes them more likely to vote for the former first lady and U.S. Senator.
 
Sixty-five percent of those polled consider it likely that Clinton broke the law by sending and receiving e-mails containing classified information through her private e-mail server. This includes 47% who say it’s “very likely.” These findings have not changed since January. Thirty percent still say Clinton is unlikely to have broken the law with the e-mail arrangement, with 16% who say it’s not at all likely.
 
Last August, 46% of all voters - and 24% of Democrats - said Clinton should suspend her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination until all of the legal questions about her use of the private e-mail server are resolved. But just 25% think it is even somewhat likely that Clinton will be indicted.  The inspector general of the State Department issued a report last week that concluded that she did indeed knowingly broke department rules by using the private e-mail server for official business including top secret discussions. This contradicts her claims that the arrangement had been officially approved. 
 
Women are slightly less critical of Clinton's handling of the situation than men are and are more supportive of her staying in the race if indicted. Those under 40 are less convinced than their elders are that Clinton broke the law and are more supportive of her staying in the race even if indicted. But roughly 40% of voters of all ages are less likely to vote for Clinton because of the e-mail issue. Black voters are much less likely than white and other minority voters to think Clinton broke the law and feel much more strongly that she should keep running if indicted.
 
Ninety-two percent of Democrats believe Clinton is likely to be their party’s presidential nominee, with 62% who say it’s very likely. Currently, Clinton is in a dead heat with presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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