A YouGov poll, which was commissioned by the Times newspaper of London, found that 45% of voters surveyed do not believe the announcement on September 11 from Clinton’s campaign that the candidate is suffering from pneumonia. Clinton herself is apparently sanguine about the diagnosis while she is recovering at home. In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Clinton claimed that she did not publicly admit to the diagnosis before because she did not "think it was going to be that big a deal."
Clinton told Cooper that she is "feeling so much better" and that she will return to the campaign within "the next few days." She denied that she had kept the diagnosis a "secret," even though she received it on September 9.
Americans apparently have a problem with her credibility, even with regard to her health. Her credibility has come into question in other areas, such as her use of private email servers while serving as Secretary of State and the role she played in the Benghazi debacle.
About 45% of the 1,910 voters surveyed by YouGov’s First Verdict do believe the explanation Clinton’s physician gave for the candidate’s fainting spell on September 11 that was captured by an amateur videographer. The campaign claimed that she had merely “overheated.” Of those polled by YouGov, the remaining 9% said they were uncertain about the explanation.
Clinton’s campaign has admitted to bungling the news about the candidate’s pneumonia. Campaign staff had dismissed reporters’ questions about Clinton’s coughing fits, even while Clinton had received the pneumonia diagnosis. Press secretary Brian Fallon, said, “In retrospect, we could have handled it better in providing more information. That’s on us. We regret that.”
The Clinton campaign said that “additional medical information” from her doctor can be expected within the next few days “to further put to rest any lingering concerns.” In a statement, the campaign claimed that there are “no other underlying conditions, the pneumonia is the extent of it.”
Dr. Lisa Bardack, Clinton’s physician, said in a statement earlier this week that the candidate had been suffering a cough “related to allergies”, and added: “On Friday, during follow-up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule.
“While at [Sunday] morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now rehydrated and recovering nicely.”
Questions still remain about Clinton’s health. At the 9/11 commemoration, she was wearing eyeglasses that bore what resembled Zeiss 1 blue lenses. These special lenses are prescribed to persons who exhibit light-induced epileptic seizures. Also, medical personnel were seen administering what appeared to be a neurological test to Clinton just before her collapse. Earlier this year, concerns over her health were piqued when Clinton appeared to show seizure-like movements of her head and neck.