Poll: Americans increasingly believe Russia will try to interfere in midterms

Poll: Americans increasingly believe Russia will try to interfere in midterms
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A growing number of Americans say its likely Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections in the United States, a new poll shows.

Forty-eight percent of U.S. adults believe it is likely or very likely that Moscow will meddle in the upcoming midterms, according to new polling released by Marist University. The latest figure represents a seven-point increase over the 41 percent reported earlier this month.

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The survey was conducted over two days last week, after top U.S. intelligence officials said they expect Moscow to try to interfere in the 2018 midterms.

“There should be no doubt that Russia perceived its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations,” Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsDems slam Trump for siding with Saudi Arabia in Khashoggi killing Dem senator demands public intelligence assessment on Khashoggi killing Hillicon Valley: Official warns midterm influence could trigger sanctions | UK, Canada call on Zuckerberg to testify | Google exec resigns after harassment allegations | Gab CEO defends platform | T-Mobile, Sprint tailor merger pitch for Trump MORE said in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Feb. 13. 

The new polling also follows significant developments in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation into Russian interference, including his indictment of 13 Russians accused of orchestrating an elaborate scheme to influence the election and sow political discord.

According to the latest Marist poll, 44 percent of Americans believe Russia is not likely to interfere in the midterms, a decrease from the majority 53 percent who said so in early February. 

Democrats are more likely than Republicans to expect Russia to meddle in the 2018 midterms, though Americans from both parties see it as a growing probability, the poll shows.