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Voters Say Clinton Has More to Hide Than Trump

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Rasmussen Reports thought it would cut through all the charges and counter-charges flying in the presidential race and ask voters which candidate they think has more to hide. They say Hillary Clinton does.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters think the Democratic candidate has more to hide than Republican nominee Donald Trump. Twenty-nine percent (29%) think Trump has more to hide, while 19% think both candidates have an equal amount to hide. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Ninety-one percent (91%) of Trump voters believe Clinton has more to hide, compared to 68% of Clinton supporters who feel that way about Trump. One-in-five Clinton voters (19%) rate the two equally.

Clinton had edged ahead of Trump in Rasmussen Reports' latest White House Watch survey.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 18-19, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Most voters still share unfavorable opinions of both major party candidates.  Fifty-six percent (56%) think both Clinton and Trump are liars.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of men and women by a 46% to 33% margin think Clinton has more to hide. Voters in all three age groups are more likely to suspect Clinton than Trump, although those under 40 are the most likely to say both have an equal amount to hide.

Fifty-one percent (51%) of whites and 59% of other minority voters say Clinton has more to hide. Blacks by a 49% to 27% margin think Trump has more to be quiet about.

Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Republicans think Clinton has more to hide, and nearly one-in-four Democrats (23%) agree. While 55% of Democrats think Trump has more to hide, just eight percent (8%) of voters in his party share that view. Among voters not affiliated with either major political party, 50% think Clinton has more to hide, while 20% say Trump does.

Fifty-three percent (53%) of all voters still disagree with the FBI's decision not to seek a criminal indictment of Clinton over her mishandling of classified information when she was secretary of State.

Sixty-four percent (64%) think it is likely that some actions Clinton took as secretary of State were influenced by donations made to the Clinton Foundation, with 49% who say it is Very Likely.

All voters strongly agree that a candidate’s health is an important voting issue, but while most Republicans and unaffiliated voters think the state of Clinton’s health is worth exploring, the majority of Democrats disagree.

Following the airing of an 11-year-old video showing Trump making graphic sexual comments about women, some GOP leaders said Trump should step down as the party's nominee, and 26% of Republicans agreed.

The leak of Donald Trump’s 1995 income tax returns showed substantial financial losses that appear to have allowed him to avoid paying taxes for 18 years. But most voters say such behavior is par for the course in the business world and that a candidate’s policy positions are more important than how much he or she has paid in taxes.

Nearly half of voters still say their choice this presidential election will be the lesser of two evils, but fortunately for both candidates, most also say a candidate's policy positions are more important than their character.

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