Rasmussen poll: majority wanted Comey to recommend Hillary indictment

Evidently, the American public – except for three quarters of Democrats – does not like it when the powerful are judged by a different standard from what the rest of us are held to.  A brand new Rasmussen poll reveals considerable disagreement with FBI director Comey’s decision not to seek an indictment of Hillary Clinton.

A Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey – taken last night - finds that 37% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with the FBI’s decision. But 54% disagree and believe the FBI should have sought a criminal indictment of Clinton. Ten percent (10%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

That’s a solid majority: 54 to 34.  But even more important:

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Democrats agree with Comey’s decision not to seek an indictment[.] ...

63% of voters not affiliated with either major political party and 25% of Democrats disagree with the decision.

Almost two thirds of independents, and a quarter of Democarts!  That latter figure is a solid shadow of doubt within the heart of Hillary’s base.  Would you vote for a candidate you otherwise liked but believed ought to have been indicted?  If 5 or 10 percent of Democrats stay home or leave the president selection blank as a result of their doubts (and resentment), that could swing the election.  But:

Seventy-one percent (71%) of Democrats – and 50% of all voters – said in late May that Clinton should keep running for the presidency even if indicted – until a court determines her guilt or innocence.

Almost 30 percent of Dems did not want her to keep running if indicted.  No doubt there is some overlap with the 25% who think she should have been indicted.  But even so, that leaves a solid percentage who might not vote for her over this issue.

(58%) of blacks agree with the FBI’s decision not to pursue a criminal indictment against Clinton; 57% of whites and 60% of other minority voters disagree.

This leaves 42% of blacks disagreeing or not sure.  Hillary absolutely needs a 90%+ turnout among blacks to win.  Generating this level of enthusiasm may be a challenge.

However, leaven all of this with the public’s view of the possibility of a fair trial:

If Clinton had been indicted, however, only 46% of all voters think it would have been possible for her to get a fair trial. Thirty-three percent (33%) say a fair trial would not have been possible, but 21% are not sure.

Unquestionably, Hillary’s prospects have been damaged.  Dems will stick with her, but a critical minority may peel away.

Evidently, the American public – except for three quarters of Democrats – does not like it when the powerful are judged by a different standard from what the rest of us are held to.  A brand new Rasmussen poll reveals considerable disagreement with FBI director Comey’s decision not to seek an indictment of Hillary Clinton.

A Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey – taken last night - finds that 37% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with the FBI’s decision. But 54% disagree and believe the FBI should have sought a criminal indictment of Clinton. Ten percent (10%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

That’s a solid majority: 54 to 34.  But even more important:

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Democrats agree with Comey’s decision not to seek an indictment[.] ...

63% of voters not affiliated with either major political party and 25% of Democrats disagree with the decision.

Almost two thirds of independents, and a quarter of Democarts!  That latter figure is a solid shadow of doubt within the heart of Hillary’s base.  Would you vote for a candidate you otherwise liked but believed ought to have been indicted?  If 5 or 10 percent of Democrats stay home or leave the president selection blank as a result of their doubts (and resentment), that could swing the election.  But:

Seventy-one percent (71%) of Democrats – and 50% of all voters – said in late May that Clinton should keep running for the presidency even if indicted – until a court determines her guilt or innocence.

Almost 30 percent of Dems did not want her to keep running if indicted.  No doubt there is some overlap with the 25% who think she should have been indicted.  But even so, that leaves a solid percentage who might not vote for her over this issue.

(58%) of blacks agree with the FBI’s decision not to pursue a criminal indictment against Clinton; 57% of whites and 60% of other minority voters disagree.

This leaves 42% of blacks disagreeing or not sure.  Hillary absolutely needs a 90%+ turnout among blacks to win.  Generating this level of enthusiasm may be a challenge.

However, leaven all of this with the public’s view of the possibility of a fair trial:

If Clinton had been indicted, however, only 46% of all voters think it would have been possible for her to get a fair trial. Thirty-three percent (33%) say a fair trial would not have been possible, but 21% are not sure.

Unquestionably, Hillary’s prospects have been damaged.  Dems will stick with her, but a critical minority may peel away.