A new poll shows that a majority of Democrats believe that Russia actually fudged with the 2016 vote tallies, a belief that is clearly false.
The poll, conducted by The Economist/YouGov, asked voters if they thought the statement that “Russia tampered with vote tallies in order to get Donald Trump elected President” was true. Among Democrats, a total of 55% said it was “probably true” or “definitely true” while only 44% said it “probably not true” or “definitely not true.”
Self-identified liberals were split on the matter: 50% said it was true, 49% said it wasn’t. 53% of those who said they voted for Hillary Clinton in November believed that Russia messed with the votes while 46% did not think so.
On the other hand, a majority of Independents didn’t think that Russia tampered with the voting numbers, 68% to 31%. Obviously, the vast majority of Republicans didn’t think so either, 85% to 16%.
Voters as a whole rejected the conspiracy theory, 65% to 35%. Clearly, the majority of that 35% are Democrats.
The Democrats are believing in something that flies in face of testimony from government officials who have said under oath before Congress that there is zero evidence to suggest that Russia modified the voting tallies. Here is a rundown of them:
- James Clapper, then Director of National Intelligence in January: “They [Russia] did not change any vote tallies or anything of that sort.”
- Mike Rogers, NSA Director on if he had any evidence of Russian vote tampering in March: “No, I do not.”
- James Comey, then-FBI director on if he had any evidence of Russian vote tampering in March: “No.”
Unfortunately, such basic facts seem to go by the wayside in an era of hyper-partisan, tribalistic politics. It is easier for the Democrats to believe that Russia cheated them out of an election than for them to face the truth that Hillary Clinton was such an awful candidate that even Donald Trump was able to beat her in the election.
The poll was taken from May 13 to 16 and had a margin of error of 3.2%.
H/T: Media Research Center