Forty-four percent (44%) of voters believe that the FBI attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. Among those who believe there was attempted interference, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 56% believe the agency tried to help Democrat Hillary Clinton and 44% believe it tried to help Donald Trump.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of Republicans believe that the FBI attempted to interfere in the election. Thirty-one percent (31%) of Democrats agree as do 43% of Independents (see question wording and results).
Data released earlier showed that 58% of voters believe the Russian government attempted to interfere with the 2016 election. Thirty-three percent (33%) believe Russian interference cost Hillary Clinton the election.
The prospect of a government agency attempting to interfere with the election isn’t shocking to most Americans. In fact, 76% believe government agencies generally use their powers to help their favored candidate. Only 24% believe that government agencies generally remain neutral.
This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 10-11, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
More specifically concerning the 2016 election, 42% also believe the Obama Administration used government agencies to spy on the Trump campaign. That figure highlights the deeply polarized nature of the political process today. It shows a deep skepticism about the ethics of the Obama Administration and is almost the same as the number on the other side who want President Trump impeached and removed from office.
This data is presented by ScottRasmussen.com to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us). By focusing on underlying attitudes and respecting the opinions of the general public, we find that there is far more common ground in American society than in American politics. We believe that focusing on common ground in a respectful manner can, over time, help to create a less toxic political system, one that is more worthy of the society it serves.
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