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Poll: Majority of Americans Believe Russian Hacking Didn’t Sway Election

A recent Fox News poll found that most Americans support Donald Trump as the legitimate President-Elect, since respondents believed that Russia did not sway the election results.

The Hill reports:

The majority of American voters believe Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election had no influence on its outcome, according to a new poll by Fox News.

Fifty-nine percent of all voters polled by Fox News said they don’t think Russian hacking made a difference in the election, while 32 percent believe Moscow helped President-elect Donald Trump win.

Opinions were split along partisan lines, with 82 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of independents and 36 percent of Democrats saying Russia’s interference had no impact.

A secret CIA assessment concluded Russia hacking was intended to sway the election in Trump’s favor.

Trump himself has cast doubt on the CIA conclusion, tweeting that if he lost and claimed that the Russians helped Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, it would be called a conspiracy theory.

Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2016

Unless you catch “hackers” in the act, it is very hard to determine who was doing the hacking. Why wasn’t this brought up before election?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2016

Republican leaders in the Senate, however, have called the CIA hacking “an American issue,” rather than a partisan one.

A growing number of Democratic electors — and one Republican elector — have also asked for a briefing ahead of their vote on Monday.

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