Poll: Majority concerned Trump isn’t doing enough to protect elections

Poll: Majority concerned Trump isn’t doing enough to protect elections
© Greg Nash

Roughly 6 in 10 Americans say that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse expected to vote on omnibus Thursday afternoon House passes 'right to try' drug bill Spending bill rejects Trump’s proposed EPA cut MORE is not doing enough to prevent foreign powers from meddling in future U.S. elections, according to a CNN/SSRS poll released Tuesday.

Almost three-quarters of respondents, 72 percent, said they are concerned about foreign efforts to disrupt and influence U.S. elections generally, and 60 percent said that Trump is not doing enough to combat such efforts. 

Democrats are overwhelmingly concerned about the prospect of foreign meddling in U.S. elections, at 90 percent, while 68 percent of independents said they are considered. Even a small majority of Republicans – 53 percent – said they are concerned. 


The findings come as special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is heating up.

Mueller unsealed indictments earlier this month against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for their alleged roles in a far-reaching plot to sow discord in the 2016 race and sway the contest in Trump's favor.

Trump has repeatedly referred to Mueller's investigation and the notion that the Russians sought to help his campaign as a "witch hunt" and a "hoax," and has insisted that it was his former opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump can save Republicans and restore sanity to California in 2018 Breitbart News denies readership drop, alt-right label Mellman: The next war MORE, that coordinated with Moscow.

Sixty percent of respondents in the new poll said they are not confident that Trump is doing enough to respond to efforts by foreign governments to interfere in the elections of the U.S., while 37 percent said they are either very or somewhat confident that he is doing so.

According to the SSRS poll, 47 percent approve of the way Mueller is handling his investigation, which includes looking into whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Russians to help swing the election. About a third of respondents – 33 percent – disapprove.

The poll is based on interviews with 1,016 U.S. adults conducted from Feb. 20-23. It has a margin of 3.7 percentage points.