Pollster: Age impacts attitudes on US-Russian relations

Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said on Monday that younger people tend to have more positive feelings toward Russia. 

“There are really big differences between people under and over 50, because people over 50 remember the Cold War, and that’s true in both countries. People under 50 are like, ‘Can’t we get along? We’ve got common interests here,'" Lake told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

Past polling has shown that younger people harbor more positive feelings toward Russia. 

A Pew Research poll conducted in 12 countries last year found that there was as much as a 37-point generational gap between 18- to 29-year-olds and people over the age of 50 on the subject of favorability toward Russia. 

Lake's comments come after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday. 

They also come after the Department of Justice announced the indictments of 12 Russians for their alleged involvement in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee in 2016. 

Trump refused to denounce Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election during a joint news conference with Putin on Monday. 

“He just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said, repeating Putin’s denials of involvement in the U.S. election. “I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be.”
— Julia Manchester