A new CBS Battleground poll reveals the impact that the latest Hillary Clinton email scandal has had on the 2016 presidential candidates. Following the announcement, voters in thirteen battleground states were polled, and the results showed that Clinton has maintained her lead in many of these important states.
Of the four battleground states that were surveyed individually, Clinton leads in three: Pennsylvania, 48 percent to 40 percent; North Carolina, 48 percent to 45 percent; and Colorado, 42 percent to 39 percent. Trump leads in Arizona, 44 percent to 42 percent.
Although Clinton does lead overall in these three states, Trump wins when it comes to enthusiasm. In North Carolina, 56 percent of voters say that they are more enthusiastic than ever about voting for him. Fifty-four percent of voters in Arizona say the same. Only 31 percent of Clinton voters in North Carolina say that they are more enthusiastic, and a mere 26 percent in Colorado feel the same.
Voters across all the battleground states were questioned about the newest Clinton email scandal — which has been proven to be much less scandalous than was originally reported. Thirty-nine percent of voters think that it will hinder her ability to get other things accomplished if she becomes president and an equal number think the opposite, that it will be “relegated to something only her opponents care about.”
Of the voters who were questioned, 50 percent of Democrats and 47 percent of Republicans said that the announcement wouldn’t affect their vote, in some cases because they have already voted. Five percent of Democrats said that the announcement makes them less likely to vote for Clinton, and 26 percent of Republicans said the same. However, many of these voters were unlikely to vote for Clinton in the first place.
Based on the poll’s results, it seems that many voters don’t expect these newly discovered emails to contain anything new. When asked about the emails’ contents, 52 percent of voters expect that they contain “more of what we already know,” and 48 percent — mainly Republican voters – think that there is more information in them that will further damage Clinton’s reputation.
Clinton has struggled throughout the 2016 election with being seen as an honest and trustworthy candidate. Even a large percentage of people who are voting for Clinton wouldn’t describe her as honest. In Colorado, one-third of Clinton voters say she is dishonest, and one-third of Clinton voters in North Carolina feel the same. However, the lack of faith that voters have in Clinton’s honesty doesn’t seem to have affected her standing as much as one might assume. As CBS suggests, the reason the majority of voters are not reevaluating their votes is because they never considered Clinton to be an honest candidate in the first place. Instead, those who are supporting Clinton have “been more focused on items like experience and the commander-in-chief test.”
Clinton’s lead in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Colorado seems to back up the statement that she made during a press conference following the FBI’s announcement. Clinton told reporters, “I think people made up their minds a long time ago.” Based on the results of this poll, that certainly seems to be the case.