How did the latest email leak really affect the Clinton campaign? Here's a breakdown by the numbers.
Although conservatives on the right seemed to have hoped the latest Hillary Clinton e-mail leaks would prove detrimental to her presidential campaign, a look at the latest election polls says otherwise.
In a Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted just after news of the email leak began to make its’ way around the Internet, Hillary Clinton is still continuing to push ahead of Donald Trump as Election Day nears. Specifically, Clinton maintains a slim but solid lead over Trump – 46 percent to 43 percent in a two-way race – while holding steady at 42 percent to 39 percent in the overall numbers for the four-way race numbers, which include the Libertarian and Green Party presidential nominees.
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Additionally, 39 percent of voters said the latest revelations about Clinton’s emails had no bearing on their decision-making as they prepare to head to the polls next Tuesday. Although conservative discussions have focused much on the 33 percent of people who said the emails negatively affected their perception of Clinton, the Politico findings concluded the majority of those voters are already Trump supporters. Surprisingly, nearly 66 percent of Trump supporters said the emails did little to make them more likely to vote against Clinton on November 8.
All in all, as Morning Consult Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp points out, the latest email leaks have done little to influence the decision of voters. “It is unlikely that there will be a dramatic shift in the polls before Election Day,” Dropp said. “While Friday’s news may be considered an ‘October Surprise,’ it doesn’t seem to be moving the needle as of now.”
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