- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 11, 2016

Most U.S. voters think all major presidential candidates should release their most recent tax returns and medical records to the public, according to a poll released Thursday.

Sixty-seven percent of likely U.S. voters think all major presidential candidates should release at least their most recent tax returns to the public — down a bit from 73 percent a year ago.

Democrats have been trying to pressure Republican nominee Donald Trump to release his returns. He says he won’t release them until an audit is finished.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that Hillary Clinton plans to release her 2015 returns in the coming days. Last July, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign released her personal returns covering the years 2007-2014.

Fifty-nine percent of voters also said all major presidential candidates should release at least their most recent medical records to the public.

In December, Mr. Trump’s campaign released a letter from his personal physician, Dr. Jacob Bornstein of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, in which Dr. Bornstein wrote that a recent medical examination showed “only positive results.”

“If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” he wrote.

When the Clinton campaign released her past tax returns last July, it also released a letter from her personal physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack of Mount Kisco Medical Group, saying Mrs. Clinton suffers from hypothyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies but is in good health.

“She is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president of the United States,” Dr. Bardack wrote.

In the overall presidential race, Mrs. Clinton held a 3-point, 43 percent to 40 percent lead over Mr. Trump in the poll, with Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson at 8 percent and Green Party nominee Jill Stein at 2 percent.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday.

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

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