According to a new poll by the PEW Research Center, a good majority of Americans believe that Russia was behind the DNC hacks that damaged then Democratic candidate for President Hillary Clinton's reputation enough to ruin her bid for president.
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.
With so many people believing Russia's involvement in the hacks is the truth, it doesn't sit well that many Americans still view Putin unfavorably.
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.
Earlier today, CNN released news of a report that Russian operatives claim they have damaging information on President-elect Donald Trump. This same report also alleged that the Trump camp had been in contact with the Russian government during the elections.
While this news has caused a lot of controversy, and may fuel suspicions already high among the American populace, these claims have still yet to be proven.