Despite the outrage from the mainstream media and liberal elite, only one-third of Americans actually believe that Russian hacking of material that proved embarrassing for Democrats influenced the 2016 presidential election, according to the results of a Politico/Morning Consult poll published Tuesday.
The poll, which was conducted from Dec. 15-19, found that roughly 44 percent of the 2,000 American voters polled did not believe that the Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee with the intention of swaying the election in favor of President-Elect Donald Trump’s victory. Another quarter of respondents indicated they were unsure about the Russians’ intentions.
“Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called [a] conspiracy theory!”
In addition, 55 percent of the voters said they somewhat trusted President Obama to relay accurate information pertaining to foreign intelligence issues, whereas 51 percent said they trust Trump to do the same.
After reports surfaced that unnamed CIA analysts concluded that Russia was responsible for hacking into the DNC emails, the media flew into a frenzy, framing hacks and damaging leaks carried out during the election as a Russian conspiracy to lift Trump to the White House. Two-thirds of the poll’s respondents said they trusted the FBI, which disputed elements of the CIA report, while 65 percent said they trusted the CIA.
Trump and his allies have expressed their skepticism concerning the CIA’s report and have said they will withhold their judgment until a full report can be conducted.
“I think it’s ridiculous. I think it’s just another excuse. I don’t believe it,” Trump told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace on Dec. 11. “Every week it’s another excuse.”
“Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called [a] conspiracy theory!” Trump tweeted Dec. 12.