Poll: Most Americans Think Russia Tried to Meddle in Election
A majority of Americans say they believe Russia tried to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and about 39 percent even say that Trump’s campaign tried to assist them, according to the results of an ABC News/Washington Post poll. Fifty-six percent of respondents said they were convinced of the Kremlin’s meddling. Those opinions are largely drawn along party lines, with a majority of Democratic participants believing that Trump’s campaign helped the Russians and a majority of Republicans saying they think that former President Obama spied on the GOP candidate before he assumed office. Overall, only 32 percent of respondents say they think Obama’s administration intentionally spied on Trump or any members of his campaign over the course of the election. Among Hillary Clinton voters, a full 72 percent say Trump’s team helped Russia meddle.