A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released today shows that 55 percent of Americans are worried about the hacking of the U.S. 2016 presidential election by Russian-led cyber espionage agents.
Americans are significantly bothered by the idea of a foreign government interfering with the election and attempting to influence the election, although many don’t believe the interference was successful.
According to the poll, 43 percent of respondents said that they were bothered “a great deal” with the hacking, while another 12 percent were bothered “quite a bit.”
Surprisingly, 23 percent of the respondents said they weren’t bothered at all by the news of Russian interference, with 8 percent saying they were bothered “a little” and 10 percent saying they were bothered “just some.”
However, there is a huge gap in parties when it comes to those concerns. Among Democrats, 89 percent were bothered either a great deal or quite a bit by the Russian hacks, while only 29 percent of the Republican responding to the survey said they were very concerned.
Of independent voters, about half — 49 percent — said they were bothered either a great deal or quite a bit by the news of Russia’s interference in the election.
Senior U.S. intelligence officials have stated that they have a “high level of confidence” that Russian president Vladimir Putin was directly involved in the interference effort, personally deciding how the leaked DNC material was distributed.
According to NBC, high-level intelligence sources say that the Russian hacks were devised as revenge against Hillary Clinton as part of Putin’s vendetta against the Democratic candidate.
Despite high concerns about the interference from a foreign nation, one not known for being well-disposed toward the United States, only 37 percent believe that interference aided Donald Trump in his run for the White House. In fact, 57 percent say that they don’t think it made any difference at all.
Only 31 percent of the respondents believe that Trump’s relationship with Putin is inappropriate, and 24 percent don’t think it’s too friendly. Nearly half — 44 percent — have no opinion.
In this matter, there is another large partisan gap, as 61 percent of Democrats believe that Trump is inappropriately friendly with Putin, while a miniscule 8 percent of Republicans believe they are too close.
Bill McInturff, one of the Republican pollsters whose company performed the poll for NBC/WSJ said:
‘There’s just an overwhelming partisan filter to the responses.’
The poll consisted of 1,000 adults between Dec. 12 – 15, and has an overall margin of error +/- 3. 1 percent.
In the video below, President Barack Obama puts pressure on the incoming Trump administration to acknowledge the affect of the Russian influence on his presidential win: