The massive political fallout regarding the FBI’s decision to not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton is still continuing.
Even though Hillary and her campaign team believe they have escaped the worst of the damage, a new poll is reporting shocking results.
And its findings are leaving a sinking feeling in the stomach of every Hillary supporter.
A brand new ABC/Washington Post poll finds 56% of Americans disagree with the decision to not bring charges against Hillary for transmitting classified intelligence on an unsecured email server.
Only a mere 35% agree with the decision.
The poll showed other troubling news for Hillary as well.
By nearly a 3-to-1 margin, voters who had previously said the scandal would affect their vote are now stating they will likely not vote for Hillary in November.
And about 6-in-10 voters are worried Hillary’s illegal conduct will continue while she is President.
“Asked whether Clinton’s conduct made them worried about what the former secretary of state would do as president, 57 percent responded that it did, while 39 percent said the issue is not related to how she would perform as commander in chief.
A majority, 58 percent, said the decision would make no difference in whether they would support Clinton, while 28 percent said it would make it less likely for them to support her, while only 10 percent said it would make them more likely.”
The poll comes after Hillary’s lead over Trump in the Real Clear Politics polling average dwindled from 6 to 4 points.
But it’s no coincidence Hillary’s lead is shrinking in the wake of the email scandal.
During the Democrat primary, she lost – in overwhelming margins – many voters who believe a candidate’s honesty and trustworthiness is the most important quality over to Bernie Sanders.
That weakness allowed Sanders to win 20 contests and fight Hillary all the way to the end of the primary.
And while FBI Director James Comey did not recommend charges be brought against Hillary, he detailed all of Hillary’s lies about her conduct.
Hillary partisans initially reacted with glee.
Writing in the Washington Post, Eugene Robinson best summed up the feelings of the pro-Hillary media when he wrote:
In the end, Clinton had to endure harsh words from FBI Director James Comey. She was “extremely careless” in routing sensitive information through a private server, he said. Clinton’s email traffic did, too, include some classified material, despite her carefully parsed denials. But in the end, no “reasonable prosecutor” would bring criminal charges.
Comey’s tongue-lashing provided ammunition for Republican attack ads, to be sure. But imagine the alternative scenario in which his decision went the other way. Clinton’s presidential hopes just dodged a mighty big bullet.
But did she?
The poll commissioned by Robinson’s own newspaper found that voters overwhelmingly believe Hillary should have been charged; that they are worried she will continue her criminal conduct as President, and that those who previously said they would change their votes based on the outcome of her scandal, are now likely not going to vote for her.
This blowback does not sound like Hillary dodged a bullet.