There’s a suggestion the new email issue could limit Clinton’s chances of growing beyond the base that already supports her. Only 5 percent of Democrats say it could make them less likely to vote for Clinton, and among voters overall, 71 percent say it either won’t change their thinking, or in some cases, they’re already voted; most of those who say they’re less likely to vote for Clinton are Republicans, who are not supporting her anyway. Just 5 percent say it all depends on what is in the emails, a wait-and-see approach. Overall, 52 percent of battleground voters expect the emails to contain “more of what we already know” and 48 percent – the largest group of which are Republicans – expect things that are additionally damaging to Clinton.
The email matter has long been linked to the low ratings Clinton gets on being “honest and trustworthy,” and in the individual states surveyed this week, those numbers continued to be low for her, even as interviewing was wrapped up prior to the FBI news. Those figures are just one-third in Pennsylvania, just 34 percent in North Carolina, states in which she leads despite those ratings and despite trailing Donald Trump on those ratings. Many of Clinton’s own voters also don’t describe her as honest – one-third do not in Colorado, nearly one-third do not in North Carolina – and fewer than half of voters overall in North Carolina feel she would act with integrity as President.
That could be one important reason voters – and in particular Democrats, who support Clinton in large numbers – said they were not re-evaluating, because few already described her as honest and trustworthy.