Poll: 48% of Americans Say Russia Is Trying to Control the Election

In a new CNN/ORC poll, 48 percent of Americans surveyed said they believe the Russian government is trying to influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Of those polled, about 60 percent said they see the Cold War rival as having an “unfriendly” relationship with the U.S.; a majority said Russia’s possible hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s emails is a bigger issue than Republican nominee Donald Trump’s reaction to it, in a 61 percent to 31 percent split. Of those surveyed, Trump supporters said they were more likely to see Russia as friendly to the U.S. Those who said they intended to vote for Clinton, in turn, were more likely to say Moscow is trying to control the U.S. presidential election.