Exclusive poll: Majority expects foreign meddling in midterms

Data: Survey Monkey poll conducted May 23-26, 2018. Poll methodology; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

A majority of Americans believe it is very or somewhat likely that a foreign government will try to interfere in this year’s midterm elections, according to a new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll — and yet a slightly larger majority are very or somewhat confident that votes will be accurately counted this year.

The big picture: Security experts worry that a too-vocal discussion of election vulnerabilities could discourage participation by Americans who feel their votes won't count. Yet the survey results suggest that even widespread fear of foreign meddling isn't undermining deeper trust in the election system.