Almost half of Democrats believe that Bill and Hillary Clinton were selling access to the State Department to high-level donors of the Clinton Foundation. That from a new poll conducted for Fox News by polling firms Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R).
The poll asked about which candidate voters were supporting in the presidential election, views of each candidate, and then about the Clintons and the claims of influence peddling:
42. There have been reports that the Clinton Foundation, a non-profit organization started by former President Bill Clinton, accepted substantial financial donations from foreign governments while Hillary Clinton was serving as secretary of state. How likely do you think it is that the Clintons were selling influence to foreign contributors who made donations to the Clinton Foundation?
Among all voters 42% said it was very likely while 24% said somewhat likely. What is shocking is that 43% of those saying they are Democrats say it is very or somewhat likely the Clintons were selling influence - 13% very likely, 30% somewhat likely.
While Republicans overwhelming believe the Clintons sold access - 67% very likely, 21% somewhat likely - what is troubling for the Clinton campaign is that a strong majority of independents believe she sold access as well. Among independent voters, 53% say it is very likely, 20% say somewhat likely.
The poll was conducted August 28-30 through landline and cellphone interviews with 1,011 American adults. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.