More than half the public says Hillary Clinton is not trustworthy, one of several problems that could hamper her bid for the presidency, the May IBD/TIPP poll finds. The poll found that 51% of the public does not believe Hillary is trustworthy; just 43% think she is. Independents were even more skeptical, with 60% saying Hillary is not trustworthy.
The findings could point to a significant handicap in her campaign, since Hillary has been in the public eye for 23 years, making it less likely that voters' views of her integrity will shift much.
The poll also found that half the public believes that the Clinton Foundation's acceptance of foreign donations while she was Secretary of State is a "serious ethical issue" (55% of independents feel this way). Only 36% think it's not serious.
In April, 52% said Hillary was wrong to have used a personal email account to conduct official government business.
Over the weekend, Bill Clinton tried to tamp down controversy surrounding the foundation.
"I asked Hillary about this," Clinton told NBC News' Cynthia McFadden in an interview that aired on Monday's "Today" show, "and she told me 'no one's ever tried to influence me by helping you.'"
The possibility of influence peddling came to light in the book "Clinton Cash" by Peter Schweizer, which detailed large foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation that coincided with favorable policies when Hillary was secretary of state.
The most glaring example was Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra, who donated millions of dollars to the foundation and scored a big uranium mining deal that needed State Department approval.
While Clinton said the foundation would, while Hillary is running for president, abide by donation and disclosure rules it used when she was at State, it didn't abide by those rules then. Despite pledges to the Obama administration, the foundation didn't publish an annual donor list for one of its major operations, it failed to disclose or let the department review several multimillion dollar donations from seven countries, and its Canadian arm didn't disclose 1,100 foreign donors while she ran State.
The IBD/TIPP Poll, taken from April 25 to May 2, shows Hillary faces another hurdle with voters: They don't particularly want the next president to continue President Obama's policies.
Some 54% — 60% of independents — say they're less likely to vote for a candidate who pledged to do so. Just 43% said they were likely to vote for such a candidate.
Twice as many said they were "not at all likely" to vote for a candidate carrying on Obama's policies than were very likely to vote for that person (44% vs. 21%).
But Democrats remain stalwarts, with 93% saying they'd likely vote for a candidate who promised to continue his policies.
Other IBD/TIPP Poll findings:
60% are not satisfied with the direction of the country, up from 56% in April and 54% in January.
Fewer think the economy is in a recession — 38% in May vs. 42% in April. But fewer say the economy is improving (52%) than they did last month (54%).
Just 45% of the public backs ObamaCare, little changed.