Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is losing support in her own party in the wake of a scandal involving using a personal email address for official business.
According to a new poll from Reuters/Ipsos, Clinton’s support among Democrats has dropped to 45 percent, down from 60 percent one month ago.
More surprisingly, nearly half of the Democrats polled, 46 percent, believe that Clinton’s emails should be reviewed by a non-partisan, independent group to make sure that all necessary documents have been turned over to authorities. In a related question, 41 percent of Democrats would support a forced testimony from Clinton, which Republicans are currently trying to garner.
Patricia Peacock, one of the survey’s participants said, “I admire the fact that she has been so strong on a lot of different things, she stands up for what she believes in, but I do think the emails will hurt her, unfortunately.”
The controversy began earlier this month when it was revealed Clinton used a personal email account to send classified information to other government employees while she was secretary of state. Moreover, her role in the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 has also been scrutinized. Some Republicans believe the 32,000 emails that Clinton did not turn over to authorities may have valuable information incriminating her in the Benghazi probe.
While Democrats' support has softened for Clinton, she still remains the frontrunner for the 2016 Democrat nomination for president, should she choose to run. A recent CNN poll showed Clinton with nearly two-thirds support from Democrats, far ahead of her closest competitor, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.