Growing national security questions about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state are drowning out her message as a presidential candidate and causing many fellow Democrats to worry about the future of her campaign.
Is it time for Clinton to put her campaign on temporary hold?
Voters are almost evenly divided on that question, but a huge number of likely voters suggest the Democratic front-runner should suspend her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to Rasmussen Reports.
The latest Rasmussen national telephone survey finds that a total of 46 percent of likely voters believe Clinton should suspend her campaign until questions about her use of the private email server are resolved.
Opinions on the future of the Clinton campaign fall along party lines. One-in-four Democrats agree that the party's front-runner should suspend her campaign while three-in-four Republicans say the campaign should be halted.
As for voters not affiliated with either party, 46 percent agree the campaign should be suspended.
Forty-five percent of all voters — but only 18 percent of Democrats — consider the national security questions raised about Clinton’s use of a private email server
while serving as secretary of state to be a serious scandal, according to Rasmussen. Twenty-eight percent of likely voters consider the matter an embarrassing situation, while nearly as many say it’s no big deal.
Should she choose to remain in the campaign, Clinton is facing failing support and issues of mistrust.
Just 37 percent of all voters say they trust Clinton
, a Rasmussen survey shows. Sixty-three percent think it’s likely some actions Clinton took as secretary of state were influenced by donations made to the Clinton Foundation.
Another recent Rasmussen survey shows the former first lady losing ground among voters.
Rasmussen's latest "Hillary Meter"
shows that 63 percent of likely voters believe that Clinton is likely to be the next Democratic presidential candidate, compared to 78 percent one month earlier.
The scandal has opened the door to a possible challenge by Vice President Joe Biden
, who is reportedly moving closer to a decision whether to challenge Clinton for the Democratic nomination.
President Barack Obama has given Biden his "blessing"
if he chooses to launch a White House run.
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