A Rasmussen poll finds that most voters disagree with FBI Director James Comey’s decision not to seek a criminal indictment of Hillary Clinton. The poll, taken the night Comey announced the decision, finds that 37 percent of likely voters agree with the FBI’s decision, but 54 percent disagree and believe the FBI should have sought a criminal indictment.
I confess to being surprised by this result. I expected the split to be closer to 50-50.
Naturally most Democrats agree with the decision. However, fully one-quarter of Dems disagree.
Among Republicans the sentiment is clear enough. 79 percent believe Hillary should have been indicted. They are joined by 63 percent of voters not affiliated with either major political party.
The pro-indictment sentiment may be fueled to some extent by the sense that powerful people get preferential treatment when they break the law. 81 percent of those surveyed believe this to be the case. Only 10 percent disagree.
Given these numbers, Donald Trump’s takeaway from Comey’s decision — that the system is rigged — should resonate.