by Amna El Tawil
The most recent election was left in the shadow by constant efforts to accuse Russia of DNC hacks and their influence on the election outcome. That’s probably because Hillary Clinton’s supporters find it difficult to accept the defeat and they’re just as bitter as she is. However, it seems like people are finally realizing it was all a big deception to discredit Trump and hand over the Oval Office to Clinton. Why? It’s because most Americans don’t believe Russia is behind those cyber attacks in the first place.
Morning Consult and POLITICO carried out a survey which showed that almost half of Americans don’t agree with the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia was responsible for cyber attacks on the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016.
When participants of the survey were asked to choose the statement that matched their opinion:
- 46% chose one that said the U.S. can’t be sure who is responsible for the hacking because tracing cyber attacks is complicated and because intelligence groups were wrong about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq as well
- 29% agreed with the statement that said there was “near certainty” that Russia is responsible for
- A quarter said they didn’t know or had no opinion
Among Democrat respondents, 50% answered they are certain about Russia’s role in the hacking scandal. On the other hand, 63% of Republicans say we can’t know for sure.