Majority of of voters think Clinton committed crime with email server: poll
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A majority of respondents in a new poll believe that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBroadway play 'Hillary and Clinton' closing early due to low ticket sales Broadway play 'Hillary and Clinton' closing early due to low ticket sales Facing challenge from Warren, Sanders touts strength against Trump MORE committed a crime by using private email server to conduct State Department business.

A Rasmussen Reports poll published on Tuesday finds that 64 percent of likely U.S. voters say Clinton likely broke the law when she sent and received classified emails through her personal server while serving as secretary of State.

Just 30 percent said it was "unlikely" that Clinton violated the law. Nineteen percent of Democratic voters in the poll said it was "very likely" that the 2016 Democratic nominee for president had committed a crime.

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Then-FBI Director James Comey criticized Clinton's server use in 2016, but he declined to recommend criminal charges.

Respondents were more divided on whether the remainder of Clinton's emails should be released to the public. 

The poll found that just over half of likely voters, 54 percent, believe the emails should be made public. Thirty-two percent said they should be kept under wraps, while 14 percent were undecided.

The FBI recently refused an open records request for the FBI's files on the Clinton email investigation, saying that privacy interests outweighed the potential public interest benefits from releasing the files.

The strongest divisions occurred among party lines, with 77 percent of Republicans supporting the release of the emails, while just 34 percent of Democrats said they should be made public.

Clinton has long maintained that the FBI investigation into her email server helped cost her the 2016 presidential election. In May, Clinton blamed the letter sent by Comey reopening the investigation days before the election as the deciding factor.

“I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me, but got scared off,” Clinton said in May.

Rasmussen Reports contacted 1,000 likely voters on August 31 and September 3, 2017. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points.