Most Democrats Aren't Concerned About "Emailgate" -- And Will Vote For Hillary Clinton Anyway

Vivian Hughbanks
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Posted: Mar 17, 2015 8:30 PM
Most Democrats Aren't Concerned About "Emailgate" -- And Will Vote For Hillary Clinton Anyway

Hillary Clinton’s email drama has the right in an uproar, but the scandal doesn't look like it will hurt her in terms of the democratic nomination, once she decides to announce her candidacy.

Despite a flurry of bad press, 75 percent of Democrats still view Clinton either somewhat favorably or very favorably, according to polling from after the scandal broke. In fact, only 16 percent of Democrats are even following reports about the scandal very closely, a Pew Research Center report indicates.

Over the weekend, hundreds of “Ready for Hillary” fans in Washington lined up to attend a rally hosted by Clinton’s PAC. Each attendee contributed at least $20.16 at the door, and collected Hillary swag, including posters featuring Clinton using her Blackberry with the caption “#ready.”

“Am I concerned about it? Not very,” T.J. Clark, a sophomore at George Washington University, told CBS News at the event. “When it comes to emails, if it's against protocol, it's against protocol, but it's nothing that would change my support.”

Clinton has weathered scandals before, and the mudslinging is only just beginning as the nation revs up for primaries. Emailgate outrage seems only to be coming from the right.

In comparison with other 2016 hopefuls -- Republican and Democrat -- Clinton ranks highest in both familiarity and favorability.

Many Democrats share Clark’s lack of concern over the scandal: 62 percent don’t consider it a serious problem that Hillary Clinton used her private email account to do business as Secretary of State.

“It doesn't concern me at all that she kept them in a private server,” Joan Fuchsman, another attendee of the rally, told CBS. “For all I know, that could be more secure. Everything is getting hacked these days -- if Sony was hacked, for all I know, the State Department could be hacked.”

Many on the left have brushed off the wave of critique from media as irrelevant political posturing. At her U.N. press conference last week, the first question was a softball from a Turkish Television reporter: “if you were a man today, would all this fuss being made be made?” 71 percent of Democrats think that the media is making too big of a deal about emailgate.

“They're going to try to latch onto anything to take her down,” Clark told CBS. “If Republicans are going to try to tear her down, it just makes me that much more supportive of her.”

Despite Republican outrage, Hillary fever is still burning strong.

“There is no one else — she’s the whole plan,” Sarah Kovner, fund-raiser and longtime Clinton ally told the New York Times last week. “She is by far the most experienced and qualified person we could possibly nominate. Not even on the horizon but on the far horizon.”