Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Majority of Americans believe Russia was behind DNC hack


A majority of Americans believe Russia was behind election-year hacks of the Democratic National Committee and officials in Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

The Pew Research Center survey shows 72 percent of Americans who have heard or read about the allegations of hacking the DNC and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s personal email account believe Russia was “definitely” or “probably” responsible. Only 17 percent think Russia was “probably not behind” the hacks, and 7 percent say Russia was “definitely not” culpable.

The Pew survey also shows fewer than two-in-10 Americans, 19 percent, have a favorable opinion of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, while 69 percent view Putin unfavorably. Still, Putin’s favorable rating is up 7 points from two years ago, when a Pew survey showed only 12 percent viewed him favorably.  

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