Poll shows the American people don’t buy that the Russians got Trump elected Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP
Russian President Vladimir Putin heads a meeting of the State Council on traffic safety issues in Yaroslavl, Russia, Monday, March 14, 2016. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The Democrats have been trying to blame Russia for their unexpectedly bad defeat in last month’s presidential election. The CIA and FBI seem to agree, though they have not produced evidence supporting their claims to Congress.

Democrats and the nation’s intelligence services claim Russia tried to influence the election by hacking the Democratic National Committee’s emails and the email account of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. The Russians then released the communications, which featured embarrassing revelations about Democrats.

There’s just one problem: the American people aren’t buying any of this, according to a new poll. The Politico-Morning Consult survey found that only 29 percent of Americans believe Russia was behind the hacks and that they influenced the election, while 46 percent think there isn’t enough evidence to know who was behind the hacking. Another 25 percent have no opinion.

In addition, the American people do not trust either party in Congress, President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump or the media to provide them with accurate information about the hacks.


The fact is that the American public is right. There is good reason to not trust the media and the Democrats’ narrative on Russian influence: it doesn’t make any sense.

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According to Democrats and their allies, the Russians hacked the emails in order to help Donald Trump. But hackers also tried to target the Republican National Committee, until they were foiled by a spam filter. Clearly the hackers were trying to get information on both major parties rather than to help one over the other.

But let’s play along and assume Moscow was trying to elect Trump president. So the Russians hacked into and released damaging emails belonging to the Clinton campaign and the DNC — which they were then hoping was enough to offset nearly four decades of sleaze and scandal surrounding Donald Trump. If the goal was to rig a presidential election, this was not a terribly effective way to do it.

It would obviously make more sense to try and tamper with voting machines, but no credible evidence has emerged that this was the case.

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The other accusation Democrats and their media allies have made against Russia is that it flooded social media with “fake news” in order to encourage people to vote for Donald Trump. But the better question to ask is why some people believe “fake news” is more credible than the “mainstream media.” This speaks to a credibility problem in the media first and foremost. Besides, the United States, like every other major country, engages in propaganda efforts overseas as well.

The American people are rightfully skeptical over claims of Russian interference in the election. The government either needs to publicly produce the evidence or withdraw the allegations.

Kevin Boyd About the author:
Kevin Boyd is a general correspondent for The Hayride and an associate policy analyst at the R Street Institute. His work has been featured at IJ Review, The National Interest, Real Clear Policy, and the Washington Examiner. You can follow him on Twitter @kevinboyd1984
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