Pneumonia incident hurts perceptions of Clinton's health

September 15, 2016, 5:29 PM GMT+0

Americans are noticeably less likely to think that Hillary Clinton is physically healthy enough to effectively serve as president

Last weekend at a 9/11 memorial in New York, Hillary Clinton fell ill and had to leave early. The incident prompted the Trump campaign to elaborate further on his health, and has forced the Clinton campaign to disclose information about her health. Both candidates are older than many prior presidential candidates, as Donald Trump is 70 and Hillary Clinton is 68. Barack Obama, by comparison, was 47 when he was inaugurated and George W. Bush was 54.

YouGov/HuffPost's latest research shows that after her pneumonia scare, Americans are essentially evenly divided on whether or not Hillary Clinton is healthy enough to effectively serve four years as president. 39% say that her physical condition is good enough, while 38% say that it is not good enough. When research was last conducted on this, in the first week of September, 52% of Americans thought she was healthy enough while 33% did not.

Attitudes towards Hillary's health have shifted most among Democrats. At the beginning of September, 84% of Democrats thought she was healthy enough, compared to 64% now. Among independents this has dropped 10% to 32%, and among Republicans it only fell 7% to 17%.