Hillary Rodham Clinton got a double-dose of bad news Monday morning from a couple of polls that show a majority of people disagree with the FBI’s decision not to recommend prosecution over her email scandal, and that only 22 percent of likely voters believe Barack Obama’s declaration that there has “never ever been any man or woman more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton.”
One of those slaps came from a surprising source: an ABC News/Washington Post poll. Their survey concurred with an earlier poll from Rasmussen Reports: The FBI was wrong in its recommendation against criminal charges. In this case, 56 percent “disapprove of FBI Director James Comey’s recommendation not to charge Clinton, while just 35 percent approve,” the survey said.
Last week, the Rasmussen poll found that 79 percent of Republicans, 63 percent of independents and even 25 percent of Democrats disagree with Comey’s decision.
And this morning, Rasmussen had more bad news for the presumptive Democrat nominee.
“When given the choice,” Rasmussen said this morning, “41% of all voters think Clinton is better qualified to be president, but just as many (40%) say that of Trump. A sizable 19% are undecided.
“That’s a noticeable shift in Trump’s favor from April,” Rasmussen continued, “when 50% said Clinton is qualified to be president, but only 27% felt that way about the billionaire businessman.”
In other words, it’s virtually a dead heat between Hillary and The Donald, and her negatives seem to have bumped upwards since last week’s Comey announcement.
Rasmussen’s survey results are also something of a smack to the face of President Obama. According to Rasmussen, “Sixty-five percent (65%) disagree with the president’s statement. Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided.” And Rasmussen added this caveat: “It’s important to note that the question did not identify the person who made the statement. Obama praised Clinton while campaigning with her in North Carolina on the same day that FBI Director James Comey announced his agency would not seek any indictments of the former secretary of State despite her ‘extremely careless’ handling of classified information.”
One more thing the ABC News/WaPo survey revealed: More poll respondents say it leaves them “less rather than more likely to support Clinton, 28 percent vs. 10 percent.”