Poll: 56 percent disapprove of FBI’s Clinton decision

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A majority of Americans say they disapprove of the FBI’s decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information in emails while she was secretary of State, according to a new poll.

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday shows that 56 percent disapprove of the FBI’s decision, while 35 percent approve of it.

The poll also found that more Americans, 57 percent, say the email case raised concerns about how Clinton would act as president. 39 percent said the email case was not related to how Clinton would act as president.

Last week, FBI Director James Comey announced that while Clinton and her aides were “extremely reckless” in the way they handled classified information, the FBI would not recommend charges against her. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the accepted the decision and declared the case closed.

Clinton disputed the FBI’s finding that she and her staff were careless in using a private email server for official government business.

Despite the FBI’s decision, 28 percent of respondents in the poll say they are less likely to support Clinton, while 10 percent say they are more likely. A majority, 58 percent, say the outcome has no impact on whether or not they will support Clinton.

Nearly nine in 10 Republicans disagree with the FBI’s decision, and about two-thirds of Democrats approve of it. About three in 10 of Democrats think Clinton should have been charged in the case.

The survey of 519 adults was conducted July 6-7 via landlines and cell phones and has a margin of error of 5 points.

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