Pollster: Surveys should ask about Russian ‘interference’ in US politics, ‘meddling sounds like your grandmother’

Pollster Celinda Lake on Monday said that surveys should ask about Russian interference in U.S. election, instead of using the term “meddling.” 

"The word meddling is not very good. In fact, the best word to use is interference or trying to damage our democracy," Lake, who is the head of Lake Research Partners, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"This is very dependent on how you word the question," she added.

"Americans don't like the idea of anybody meddling in their elections, or really interfering. But I think meddling sounds like your grandmother. Interference sounds like a threat," she said. 

Lake cited a December CNN poll showing that 61 percent of Americans said Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election is a "serious matter" and "should be fully investigated." 

The issue of Russian election interference and the federal and congressional investigations into the issue have dominated headlines for over a year.

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE on Friday indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers in the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

— Julia Manchester