Politics

Public Supports Criminal Investigation Into Clinton Emails, Poll Finds

| by Nathaly Pesantez

Over half of registered voters say there should be a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of private email during her time as Secretary of State, a new poll finds.

The Monmouth University poll released on Wednesday found that 82 percent of registered Republican voters support an investigation, while 66 percent of Democrats stand against the criminal probe.

While 52 percent of registered voters support a criminal investigation, 51 percent of voters feel that Clinton indeed used a personal email address for "convenience", as the presidential candidate disclosed in March. Democrats overwhelmingly support this idea, while Republicans largely oppose the "convenience" argument.

Republicans are also following news stories on the topic more closely, with 78% of GOP voters being more likely than both Democrats and independents to have heard a lot about the email controversy. Still, 61 percent of all voters have heard much news about Clinton's email case.

The poll was conducted before Tuesday news reports confirmed that Clinton will be handing over her private email server and thumb drive to the Justice Department.

Clinton's decision came a few hours hours after the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General revealed that two emails from Clinton's private address have been classified "top secret" .

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted via telephone and sampled 1,033 registered voters from July 30 to Aug. 2. The poll has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

Sources: The Hill, CBS, Monmouth University Poll

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