Majorities of Americans think Hillary Clinton’s private email scandal is a serious problem, that she did something wrong, and Clinton has not done enough to explain why she did not use a government email account at the State Department.
A CNN/ORC poll conducted March 13-15, which was after Clinton first addressed her email scandal on March 10, found that though a majority of Americans (53%) still view Clinton favorably, Clinton’s favorability rating has dropped six percentage points since last November. Her “honest and trustworthy” rating has fallen 6 percentage points since last March–50% of Americans now view her as “honest and trustworthy” compared to 56% a year ago.
When asked if Clinton’s email scandal was a serious problem, 31% of respondents thought it was “very serious” while 20% believed it was “somewhat serious.”
Fifty-one percent of Americans believe that Clinton “did something wrong” by using a private email account at the State Department while 47% think she “did not do anything wrong.” The poll found that even 27% of Democrats think Clinton did something wrong, along with 53% of independents and 74% of Republicans.
The poll, which was conducted March 13-15 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points, also found that 51% believed Clinton has not done enough to explain why she used a private email account at the State Department while 46% think she has.