Americans are largely unsure that the Russian government was responsible for the cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, new polling shows.
Just 29 percent of Americans say we can “know with near certainty” that Russia is responsible for the hacks that revealed damaging information on the Democratic party and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to a Morning Consult poll released Tuesday morning. A plurality of Americans, 46 percent, agree that “We cannot be sure who is primarily responsible” who is responsible for the hacks. The remaining 25 percent said they didn’t know or had no opinion. (RELATED: Leaked Bill Clinton Speech: Obama Years Left No Hope For White Working Class)
Among Democrats, 50 percent say they are sure that Russia is responsible for the cyberattacks, while 63 percent of Republicans say we can’t know for certain.
The hacked documents were published by anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks. Among other things, they included the transcripts of Hillary Clinton’s paid Wall Street speeches, as well as information showing DNC officials colluded against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary.
Intelligence agencies have fingered Russia as the culprit behind the hacks. Additionally, the CIA reportedly believes that Russia carried out the attacks for the purpose of helping Trump, who took a friendlier position towards Russia and Vladimir Putin, defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. (RELATED: The Media’s ‘Russia Wanted Trump To Win’ Narrative Ignores One Key Detail)
Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, floated as a possible deputy secretary of state in the Trump administration, has expressed doubt that Russia was even behind the attacks.