Clinton’s lead over Trump narrows as email questions surround her campaign

WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) — Hillary Clinton‘s lead over Donald Trump in the general election shrank this week with an overwhelming majority of voters agreeing her use of a private email system while secretary of state was inappropriate.

Clinton leads Trump by 3 percentage points nationally, according to the NBC News/SurveyMonkey online weekly tracking poll released Tuesday.

The Real Clear Politics polling average, which does not include the NBC Survey, shows Clinton with a lead of 4.5 percentage points.

A strong majority, 82 percent, agree Clinton’s private email setup was inappropriate, and a smaller majority, 56 percent, disagreed with the FBI’s conclusion that she will not face criminal charges.

The question of criminal charges broke largely on partisan lines in the survey. Trump supporters nearly unanimously agreed, 93 percent, that Clinton should have been prosecuted. Seventy-eight percent of Clinton supporters said the FBI was right not to press charges, though 20 percent of people who support Clinton disagreed with the FBI’s findings.

The issue of Clinton’s email has again brought her trustworthiness to the forefront. In the NBC poll two-thirds, or 66 percent, of voters said the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is not honest and trustworthy.

Overall, the percentage of voters who disapprove of Clinton remained largely unchanged from where it has been since she became the party’s presumptive nominee. Sixty percent of those surveyed said they hold an unfavorable impression of Clinton, while 62 percent said the same for Trump.

The online poll queried 7,869 people online who said they are registered to vote. The margin of error is 1.4 percentage points.

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