POLITICO/Morning Consult poll: Only 29% of Americans say Russia influenced 2016 election
(Politico/Sherman) Just one-third of Americans say they believe Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
Forty-four percent of the 2,000 voters polled Dec. 15 through Dec. 17 said they do not think Russia influenced November’s election, while a quarter are still unsure.
U.S. intelligence agencies — including the CIA and FBI — have said Russia attempted to meddle in the election to help boost President-elect Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Trump has sounded a skeptical note about the assessment, with his team saying it would like to see a full report before rendering a judgment.
Even as voters remain skeptical about intelligence reports detailing Russian attempts to impact U.S. elections, the poll shows that voters trust the CIA and FBI more than they trust President Barack Obama or Trump. Sixty-five percent of respondents said they have a lot or some trust in the CIA’s capabilities, and two-thirds said they trust the FBI. Fifty-five percent said they have a lot or some trust in Obama to provide accurate information about foreign intelligence and events overseas that affect the U.S., while 51 percent say the same of Trump.
Russia remains a deeply unpopular country among American voters. Just 22 percent of voters said they have a very or somewhat favorable view of Vladimir Putin’s country, while 62 percent said they have a somewhat or very unfavorable view of the country.
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Morning Consult is a nonpartisan media and technology company that provides data-driven research and insights on politics, policy and business strategy.
More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents: