- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 4, 2015

About six in 10 registered voters think it’s likely that the Clintons were selling influence to foreign contributors who made donations to the nonprofit organization founded by former President Bill Clinton.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign has been forced to push back on reports involving the Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of financial donations from foreign governments while she was serving as the nation’s top diplomat.

Sixty-one percent think it’s “very” or “somewhat” likely the Clintons were selling influence to the foreign contributors, while 33 percent thought it was “not very” or “not at all” likely, according to a new Fox News poll.

Though she remains the overwhelming favorite in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination, Mrs. Clinton’s numbers have also dropped a bit compared to several weeks ago.

She sits atop the Democratic field with 57 percent of the vote, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at 11 percent, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at 8 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at 7 percent, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at 4 percent.

In a survey taken May 9-12, she was at 63 percent, followed by Ms. Warren at 13 percent and Mr. Sanders and Mr. Biden in a tie at 6 percent.

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Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who on Wednesday announced he was joining Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Sanders, and Mr. O’Malley in the contest on the Democratic side, was at 1 percent in the new poll.

Democratic voters, though, didn’t appear terribly concerned about allegations of Mrs. Clinton’s dishonesty and unethical behavior more generally. She has also faced questions over her exclusive use of a private email system while serving as secretary of state.

About seven in 10 likely Democratic primary voters said they were “not very” or “not at all” concerned, while 31 percent said they were “very” or “somewhat” concerned.

About seven in 10 Democratic primary voters also said someone other than Mrs. Clinton could still win the nomination, compared to 28 percent who said “it’s over — Hillary Clinton’s definitely going to win.”

The survey of 1,006 registered voters was taken from May 31 to June 2 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, with a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points for the Democratic subgroup.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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