At the beginning of the summer, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton easily led the race for her party’s nomination. But her ongoing email scandal and connections to the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks have caused Democratic voters to think twice before supporting her over another candidate.
In a CNN/ORC poll released Sept. 10, Clinton maintained her first place position among registered Democratic voters with 37 percent support. In second place, Democratic-Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont nabbed 27 percent of the vote. Vice President Joe Biden, who has yet to declare his candidacy, received 20 percent of the vote.
While the Clinton camp may celebrate that she's still in first place, there is much work to be done to repair her image with Americans. For example, Clinton’s support in the same poll from July stood at 56 percent, far ahead of her two closest challengers.
Clinton’s trustworthiness among the American electorate has been tarnished this summer, with members of Congress and the mainstream media consistently focusing on her ongoing email scandal. The FBI is currently investigating how secure Clinton’s email server was in the wake of information that showed two of Clinton’s emails were labeled as “top secret,” The Washington Free Beacon reported.
If she is found guilty of knowingly storing, sending or receiving classified government documents, Clinton could face prosecution and jail time.
When asked who their second choice would be to win the Democratic presidential nomination, 35 percent of voters selected Biden. Clinton was second with 29 percent, while Sanders was third with 12 percent.
Of those polled, 58 percent commended Clinton on her job experience, ranging from former first lady to senator of New York to U.S. secretary of state. The poll also showed 55 percent liked Sanders for his political views while 45 percent said the same about Biden.