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Do Americans Think Russia Really Won the Election for Trump? Not So Much.

A new Fox News poll asked over 1,000 American voters if they believe that Russia strongly influenced the election by targeting the Democrats over Republicans, thus turning the tide for Donald Trump. In what’s shaping up to be yet another establishment media fail, Fox found that nearly 6 in 10 Americans agree with Trump’s dismissal of the “ridiculous” Democrat and media-pushed narrative that Russia “hacked the election.”

“CIA officials reportedly believe Russian hackers meddled in the election to help Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton. Yet 59 percent of voters believe the hacking didn’t make a difference,” Fox reports. “The poll finds 32 percent think Russia did help Trump in the election, while just one percent says the cyber-attacks aided Clinton.”

As usual, the breakdown shows high partisanship, though a strong majority of Independents agreed with Trump:

Eighty-five percent of Republicans, 64 percent of independents, and 36 percent of Democrats think the Russians didn’t affect the outcome.

Sixty-two percent of Clinton voters believe Russian hacking helped Trump.

A large percentage (73 percent) of those polled said they were either “very” or “somewhat” familiar with the hacking story; thus, the large swath of voters dismissing the Russian story is not just a function of Americans being unaware of the accusations.

Fox also gauged voters on their trust in the CIA and found it largely unshaken, 67 percent expressing confidence in the agency (18 percent “great” confidence, 49 percent “some” confidence). Fox notes that the two-thirds mark is about the same degree of confidence in the agency the network has found for more than a decade, dating back to a 2002 survey.

While most of those surveyed sided with Trump on the “ridiculous” Russia Stole the Election narrative, half disagreed with his handling of Russia, and nearly the same percentage did not like his treatment of China.

Meanwhile, many see Trump as too cozy with Russia. By a wide 50-15 percent margin, voters say he’s “too accommodating” vs. “too confrontational.”

It’s the opposite on his dealings with China, as 43 percent feel he’s being “too confrontational” vs. 17 percent “too accommodating.”

The poll also found Trump’s favorability gap shrinking dramatically. While he’s still slightly underwater, his favorability now stands at 47 percent favorable, 51 percent unfavorable (it was 38 – 60 just over a month ago).

For more on the Russian hacking claims, read Ben Shapiro’s take on the CIA accusations.

For more on Trump vs. the Media, read John Nolte’s breakdown of recent “devastating” polling data.

Polling information: The Fox News poll is based on landline and cellphone interviews with 1,034 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from December 11-13, 2016. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for all registered voters.