Last week, we held a well-attended press conference at the National Press Club to announce the results of an important new poll conducted by Judicial Watch in partnership with Zogby International.
The topic? The American people’s attitudes towards the Clintons and corruption.
Of course the numbers can be parsed in a number of different ways, and there are lots of interesting data to chew on, but the bottom line is this: More than six years after the end of the Clinton administration, a large number of likely voters are still concerned about Hillary and Bill Clinton’s ethics.
Here are just a few highlights of the poll conducted March 22 – 26, 2007:
* Overall, 26% of likely voters are “very concerned,” and 19% are “somewhat concerned” there will be “high levels of corruption in the White House” if Hillary is elected president, including approximately one in five Democrats (18.8%).
* 55.6% of respondents who attend church at least once per week are either “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” there will be high levels of corruption in the White House if Hillary Clinton is elected President.
* A total of 42% of likely voters describe Hillary Clinton as “very corrupt” (17%) or “somewhat corrupt” (25%), including 21.2% of the Democrats likely to vote.
* 36% of likely voters agree with the statement: “If Hillary Clinton is elected president, Bill Clinton cannot be trusted to behave honestly in the White House.”
* 69% strongly agree with the statement that “corruption is a significant problem in Washington.” An additional 24% “somewhat agree” with the statement.
* More than three in four (78%) agree that bigger government leads to more corruption.
(The telephone survey, conducted by Zogby International, included a target sample of 1,039 interviews. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points. A total of 38% of those polled were Democrats, 36% were Republicans, and 26% were Independents.)
As I told the press yesterday, given the public concern demonstrated by these results, the media and other public policy leaders have a responsibility to ask tough questions of Hillary Clinton about her role in the various Clinton scandals. These issues can’t be off limits just because Hillary Clinton says they’re off limits. And, frankly, the same goes for John McCain, Barack Obama, Rudy Giuliani and any other candidate with ethical skeletons in their closet.
Judicial Watch does not oppose or endorse candidates for public office, but we do have the right to look at their past behavior and to demand they be held accountable for it. If you’d like to read more poll results or information on our Hillary Watch effort, please visit our Internet site, www.judicialwatch.org
Tom Fitton is president of Judicial Watch, Inc., a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation that promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.