American voters split on who meddled more in US election: Russians or the FBI?

A new survey shows that Americans are fairly evenly divided over who did more meddling in the 2016 presidential election: Russia or the FBI.

A new Rasmussen Reports poll asked voters ” Who is more likely to have meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election – Russia or the FBI?”

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The results, according to the national telephone and online survey, found that 42 percent of respondents believed it was Russia that was “more likely” while 34 percent felt it was the FBI who is now “more likely” to have meddled in the election. Another 24 percent were unsure.

Along Party divisions, 55 percent of Republicans surveyed felt that the FBI is more likely than Russia to have meddled in the 2016 race while 62 percent of of Democrats and unaffiliated voters saw Russia as the bigger meddler.

However, there were some undecided participants with 26 percent of GOP voters, 20 percent of Democrats and 25 percent of those unaffiliated not being able to choose the greater transgressor in the election.

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A sizable 49 percent of voters called for a new special prosecutor to investigate the FBI before the release of the House Intelligence Committee memo last week which alleged the agency abused its surveillance tools.

The poll also stated that the “older the voter, the more likely he or she is to suspect that the FBI meddled more than Russia in the 2016 presidential contest.”

The survey, with a margin of sampling error of +/- 3 percentage points, was conducted on February 1 and 4, 2018 of  1,000 “Likely U.S. Voters.”

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