Feb 8, 2018

Most Americans say D.C., Big Tech failing against election interference

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The majority of Americans (57%) think Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections, and most (55%) aren't confident that the federal government is doing enough to stop it, according to a new NBC News SurveyMonkey poll.

Why it matters: The U.S. is still investigating the extent of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, and public opinion shows they see the 2018 elections as a new threat. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said as much Tuesday, stating that Moscow has already begun meddling.

By the numbers:

  • 57% of all adults think it is "likely" that Russia will attempt to interfere, including 34% of Republicans, 58% of Independents, and 80% of Democrats.
  • 64% think it is likely that a foreign government, not necessarily Russia, will try to interfere, including 49% of Republicans, 68% of Independents, and 79% of Democrats.
  • 79% think the U.S. voting system may be vulnerable to hackers, including 69% of Republicans, 84% of Independents, and 88% of Democrats.
  • 68% are not confident that tech companies are doing enough to prevent foreign governments from influencing future elections, including 65% of Republicans, 66% of Independents, and 73% of Democrats.

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