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    Hillary Clinton Approval Rating Drops Amid Campaign Controversies

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    The approval ratings of prospective Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has recently dropped amid a recent string of controversies surrounding her campaign, according to a recent poll released on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The positive and negative “feelings towards Hillary Clinton” are spilt at 42 percent, while her unfavorable approval rating is up compared to April's 36 percent.

    In recent months, Clinton has come under fire after The New York Times published a story citing US State Department sources who claimed she used a personal e-mail address when she served as Secretary of State between 2009 and 2013, and did not have an official e-mail address.

    Revelations that Clinton’s charitable foundation accepted donations from foreign governments have led to the Clinton Foundation admitting it failed to declare the receipt of tens of millions of dollars in foreign funds.

    Despite Clinton’s dip in approval, she still leads ahead of prospective Republican candidates, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 49 to 43 percent; US Senator Marco Rubio at 49 to 43 percent; US Senator Rand Paul at 47 to 44 percent; and current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at 50 to 40 percent, according to the poll.

    On April 12, 2015, Clinton announced her bid to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, simultaneously announcing that she was stepping down from the board of the Clinton Foundation. The charity continues to be criticized over accepting foreign donations, a complete list of which has not been published since 2010.



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