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POLL: Majority of Americans Believe Interference in Midterm Elections ‘Likely’

Democrats are much more likely to believe a foreign government will interfere in U.S. elections than Republicans.

By NTK Staff | 06.05.2018 @9:00am
POLL: Majority of Americans Believe Interference in Midterm Elections ‘Likely’

A new poll, conducted by Survey Monkey and released by Axios, revealed that a majority of Americans believe a foreign government will try to interfere in with the 2018 midterm elections.

In total, 58 percent of Americans said foreign interference was “very” or “somewhat” likely. Just 39 percent said it was “not very” or not “at all” likely.

But perhaps the most surprising statistic from the poll is the breakdown along partisan lines. Fully 77 percent of Democrats believe interference is either somewhat or very likely, while just 42 percent of Republicans feel the same way. Just 22 percent of Democrats discount the idea of foreign interference, whereas 58 percent of Republicans feel the same way.

Axios’ Shannon Vavra on why this matters:

Security experts worry that a too-vocal discussion of election vulnerabilities could discourage participation by Americans who feel their votes won’t count. Yet the survey results suggest that even widespread fear of foreign meddling isn’t undermining deeper trust in the election system.

Respondents said they trusted paper ballots (75 percent) over electronic voting machines (68 percent) to record votes accurately.

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