According to Rasmussen Poll results released March 9, voters have national security concerns about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail provider while serving as secretary of State but aren’t as sure she was trying to hide anything. More troubling are the large donations made to the private Clinton Foundation by foreign governments while Clinton was the nation’s chief overseas diplomat.
Half (49%) of Likely U.S. Voters believe Clinton’s use of a private, non-government e-mail provider for issues at the highest levels of the U.S. government raises serious national security concerns. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 36% disagree with these national security worries, while 15% are not sure.
Thirty-nine percent (39%) believe Clinton deliberately used the private e-mail account to hide things from government oversight. But 30% don’t think that’s true. Just as many (31%), however, are undecided. The e-mails in question include the period in September 2012 when the U.S. ambassador and three other U.S. Embassy employees were murdered in Benghazi, Libya.
But 57% of voters are at least somewhat concerned about the potential for conflict of interest raised by the failure of the private Bill and Hillary Clinton Foundation to get government approval for some large donations it received from foreign governments while she was secretary of State. Thirty-nine percent (39%) don’t share that concern. These findings includes 34% who are Very Concerned by the appearance of possible conflict of interest and 16% who are Not At All Concerned.
Clinton remains far and away the leader for her party’s 2016 nomination among Likely Democratic Voters.
Sixty-six percent (66%) of Republicans think Clinton was trying to hide her e-mail from oversight, and 20% of Democrats and 36% of unaffiliated voters agree. Fifty percent (50%) of Democrats disagree, while 39% of unaffiliateds are not sure.
Seventy-nine percent (79%) of GOP voters and 55% of unaffiliated voters are concerned about the potential for conflict of interest from the foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Democrats are not concerned.
Four-four percent (44%) of all voters think the circumstances surrounding the Benghazi incident will hurt Clinton if she runs for president in 2016.