Only 29% Of Americans Believe That Russian Hacking Impacted 2016 Election

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According to politico only one-third of Americans say they believe Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election. The CIA and FBI have said Russia attempted to interfere 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.

Just 29% say they believe Russian hacking helped Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, while 71% say they think it had no impact.

Broadly, at 31%, more Americans said Trump is “too friendly” toward Russian President Vladimir Putin than the 24% who said he’s “not too friendly.” Another 44% had no opinion.

And about 50% of Americans said they approved of Trump’s handling of the transition, while 41% disapprove, the survey shows. That approval number is significantly below President Barack Obama’s in 2008 (73%) and Bill Clinton’s in 1992 (77%).

Trump himself has cast doubt on the CIA conclusion, tweeting that if he lost and claimed that the Russians helped Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, it would be called a conspiracy theory.

Republican leaders in the Senate, however, have called the CIA hacking “an American issue,” rather than a partisan one.

 

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