With committees in both the House and Senate investigating Russia’s attempts to influence the election and any potential coordination with Donald Trump’s campaign, it probably shouldn’t come as a shock that a large portion of Americans feel Trump-Putin collusion exists.
According to a new ABC/Washington Post poll, 56% of the American public believe that Russia interfered in the election in an effort to influence the results. And regarding the question of whether Trump aides colluded with Russia on this influence campaign, 39% believe this occurred — nearly 4 in 10 Americans.
Obviously, there was a partisan split in the results. A full 60% of Democrats — and 72% of Hillary Clinton voters — polled think Trump associates worked with the Russians to effect the election results compared to only 18% of Republicans who believed it happened.
As far as Congress’s ability to conduct a fair investigation into Russian election interference, only 42% think they can do that compared to 50% who feel it would be unfair. Republicans were evenly split on the issues — 46% to 46% — while 55% of Democrats don’t believe the investigations will be fair.
Respondents were also asked to weigh in on whether or not they felt former President Barack Obama’s administration spied on the Trump campaign, as Trump claimed in his infamous tweetstorm last month. Overall, 32% think this occurred, with 55% of Republicans and 64% of Trump voters backing the president’s assertion.
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