Most voters disagree with FBI Director James Comey’s decision not to seek a criminal indictment of Hillary Clinton.
The FBI concluded that Clinton potentially exposed top secret information to hostile countries when she used a private e-mail server as secretary of State, but Comey announced Tuesday that the FBI has decided not to pursue a criminal indictment in this matter. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of 1,000 likely voters finds that 37 percent agree with the FBI’s decision. But 54 percent disagree and believe the FBI should have sought a criminal indictment of Clinton. Ten percent are undecided.
Sixty-four percent of Democrats agree with Comey’s decision not to seek an indictment of their party’s presumptive presidential nominee. Seventy-nine percent of Republicans, 63 percent of voters not affiliated with either major political party and 25 percent of Democrats disagree with the decision.
Many critics of the FBI’s decision claim that lower-level individuals caught mishandling classified information have been subject to prosecution and severe penalties. But 81percent of all voters believe powerful people get preferential treatment when they break the law. Just 10 percent disagree.
Among those who think powerful people get preferential treatment, 63 percent disagree with the FBI’s decision not to seek a criminal indictment of Clinton. Ninety percent of those who do not believe the powerful are treated differently agree with the FBI’s action.
If Clinton had been indicted, however, only 46percent of all voters think it would have been possible for her to get a fair trial. Thirty-three percent say a fair trial would not have been possible, but 21 percent are not sure.