Last Updated on April 22, 2022
According to a new Rasmussen Reports survey, a large majority of Democrats still believe that “Russian interference” played a key role in the 2016 election. In addition, more than a third of Democrats are “very concerned” about potential Russian interference in the upcoming midterm elections.
“Fears of Russian interference in U.S. politics remain widespread, and Democratic voters overwhelmingly agree with Hillary Clinton that Russia is to blame for her defeat in 2016,” wrote Rasmussen Reports.
The pollster found that as of today, 72 percent of Democrats believe Russian interference was to blame for Hillary Clinton’s defeat in 2016.
“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it is likely that Russian interference changed the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, including 26% who say it’s Very Likely. Forty-six percent (46%) don’t think it’s likely Russian interference changed the 2016 election, including 32% who say it is Not At All Likely,” Rasmussen reported.
Clinton herself has continued to push the claim, saying the Russians were “successful” during an interview in 2020. “It’s very clear that Russia succeeded. They believe that they were able to influence the minds and even votes of Americans, so why would they stop?”
White House Special Counsel John Durham recently accused the Clinton campaign concocting allegations of “Russian interference” in 2016. Durham levied charges against lawyer Michael Sussmann for lying to the FBI in 2016 when he said he was not representing any client when presenting the agency with data he claimed showed a relationship between the Trump campaign and Russia. Sussman did this when he was allegedly working for the Clinton campaign.
Rasmussen found that 68% of all voters think special counsel John Durham’s accusations against Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign are Important, 50% say “Very Important” while 65% agree this is a scandal “worse than Watergate.”
The poll results come after the Democrat base has essentially equated 2020 election skepticism with treason since the January 6 Capitol Protests. From the top down, Democrats have asserted that the 2020 election was the “most secure” in history.