Voters doubt Clinton’s pneumonia explanation, poll shows
YouGov poll shows only 45% of voters believe her campaigns version of events following illness at memorial event
Hillary Clinton is facing a fresh crisis over her perceived trustworthiness following her collapse at a 9/11 memorial, as a poll showed that fewer than half of American voters believe that she is suffering from pneumonia.
The YouGov poll, commissioned by the Times in London, found that 46% of voters did not believe that Clinton was suffering from a mild version of pneumonia, and that a combination of the lung condition, allergies and overheating led to her fainting on Sunday.
About 45% of the 1,910 respondents from YouGovs First Verdict panel did believe the explanation given by Clintons doctor after her campaign initially said the former secretary of state merely felt overheated. The remaining 9% of those asked said they were uncertain over the explanation.
The findings come as the Clinton campaign acknowledged that it mishandled news of the candidates pneumonia, which it admitted had been diagnosed on Friday. It was not disclosed even as campaign staff chided reporters for questioning bouts of coughing by Clinton at recent events.
Her press secretary, Brian Fallon, said: In retrospect, we could have handled it better in providing more information. Thats on us. We regret that.
The campaign now says the 68-year-old will release additional medical information from her doctor in the next few days to further put to rest any lingering concerns, but insists there are no other underlying conditions, the pneumonia is the extent of it.