US ELECTION 2008 Clinton corruption still worries, poll says

Voters fear ‘high levels’ of trouble if Hillary elected
Posted: April 5, 2007
4:00 p.m. Eastern

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Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.

A new poll shows nearly half of likely voters are worried over “high levels” of corruption in the White House if Hillary Clinton is elected president.

The Judicial Watch-Zogby poll also revealed one in five Democrats believe Hillary is “very corrupt” or “somewhat corrupt,” and a large majority of voters believe the bigger the government is, the more corruption there will be.

“Clinton corruption is not old news for many Americans,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Over six years after the end of the Clinton administration, a large number of Americans are still concerned about Hillary and Bill Clinton’s ethics.”

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The nationwide poll was conducted by Judicial Watch, a public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, in partnership with Zogby International, over attitudes held by the American people about the Clintons and corruption. It was conducted March 22-26.

It revealed that 26 percent of likely voters are “very concerned” and another 19 percent are “somewhat concerned” there will be “high levels of corruption in the White House” if Hillary is elected president, including nearly one in five Democrats (18.8 percent).

“Given this public concern, the media and other public policy leaders have a responsibility to ask tough questions of Hillary Clinton about her (and her husband’s) involvement in various corruption scandals. And, frankly, the same goes for John McCain, Barack Obama, Rudy Giuliani and any other candidate with ethical skeletons in their closet,” Fitton said.

The survey also revealed that more than 42 percent of likely voters describe Hillary Clinton as “very corrupt” (17 percent) or “somewhat corrupt” (25 percent), including 21.2 percent of Democrats likely to vote.

Additionally, more than one-third of the voters who responded (36 percent) agree with the statement: “If Hillary Clinton is elected president, Bill Clinton cannot be trusted to behave honestly in the White House.”

More than three in four (78 percent) agreed that bigger government leads to more corruption and 69 percent strongly agree with the statement that “corruption is a significant problem in Washington.” Another 24 percent “somewhat agree” with that statement.

The telephone survey included a target sample of 1,039 interviews and the margin of error is 3.1 percentage points. Thirty-eight percent of those polled were Democrats, 36 percent Republicans and 26 percent Independents.

Only one-third of the voters reported being “not at all concerned” about corruption in a Hillary Clinton White House and even fewer said Hillary Clinton – as a politician – is “not at all corrupt.”

An addition to the concerns raised over Clinton advisor Sandy Berger’s theft of secret documents from the National Archives, the still-unexplained death of Clinton advisor Vincent Foster, the airplane crash that killed Ron Brown and the discovery of long-sought legal records in the White House WND also has reported on allegations that Hillary Clinton has been involved in illegal actions and how a former staff member for Hillary Clinton was caught illegally misreporting election information.

In fact, a claim by a major campaign contributor that a scheme by the Clinton cost him millions of dollars still is working its way through the federal court system.

WND also has reported on allegations that Clinton family members or associates were paid after he granted a long list of pardons at the end of his presidency.

The Progress Review lists some of the accomplishments of the Bill Clinton presidency: He was the only president impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance, reported the most convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates, had the highest number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation, the highest number of witnesses to refuse to testify – or die suddenly, was the first president sued for sexual harassment and the first president accused of rape.

The site also reports Hillary Clinton as the first First Lady to come under criminal investigation, Bill Clinton was the first president to establish a legal defense fund, the first president held in contempt of court and the first president disbarred from the U.S. Supreme Court and a state court.

Judicial Watch advocates for “high standards of ethics and morality in our nation’s public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people.”

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