January 30, 2017 - American Voters Say Russia Interfered In Election, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Most Support Sanctions And Many Want More Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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American voters believe 53 - 39 percent that the Russian government interfered with the 2016 presidential election and support 56 - 30 percent the sanctions imposed on Russia by the Obama Administration, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. In fact, 76 percent of those who support existing sanctions want tougher sanctions.

Russia is an adversary of the U.S., 46 percent of American voters say, while 9 percent say Russia is an ally and 41 percent say it is neither an ally nor an adversary, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

A total of 67 percent of American voters say alleged Russian interference is a "very important" or "somewhat important" issue, and 68 percent want the matter investigated.

In a separate question, voters support 62 - 32 percent investigations into potential links between President Donald Trump's campaign advisors and the Russian government.

President Trump is "too friendly" towards Russia, 49 percent of voters say, while 3 percent say he is "too unfriendly" and 43 percent say he has the right attitude towards Russia.

Voters trust Congress more than Trump 60 - 29 percent to handle America's policy towards Russia.

"Beware the Russian Bear, say American voters, most of whom believe the Kremlin meddled in the U.S. presidential election," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "President Donald Trump is too friendly with Russia and voters say 2-1 they would rather have Congress, not the president, handle future relations with Russia.

"Should we let bygones be bygones? Absolutely not, say Americans, who want an investigation - and tougher sanctions."

American voters have a 70 - 9 percent unfavorable opinion of Russian President Vladimir Putin and say 78 - 8 percent that he is not democratically elected. Mexico, NATO

President Trump is "too unfriendly" towards Mexico, 53 percent of American voters say, while 42 percent say he has the right attitude.

Voters are divided on Trump's attitude towards NATO allies as 44 percent say he is "too unfriendly" and 42 percent say he has the right attitude.

From January 20 - 25, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,190 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

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29. Do you think that most members of the news media are honest or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Honest           39%    13%    65%    36%    36%    41%    50%    28%
No                   57     86     29     60     61     54     45     67
DK/NA                 4      1      6      4      3      5      4      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Honest           25%    43%    40%    50%    36%    41%    39%    40%
No                   70     53     57     45     60     54     57     57
DK/NA                 5      4      4      5      4      5      4      3
 
 
34. Who do you trust more to handle the nation's policy towards Russia, President Trump or Congress?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Trump                29%    61%     3%    30%    35%    25%    30%    43%
Congress             60     29     89     60     57     63     62     47
DK/NA                10     10      8     10      8     12      8      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Trump                21%    25%    40%    29%    42%    33%    37%    13%
Congress             68     69     52     55     51     57     54     76
DK/NA                11      6      8     16      7     10      9     11
 
 
35. Do you see Russia as an ally of the United States, an adversary of the United States, or do you see Russia as neither of these things?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Ally                  9%    19%     4%     7%    12%     7%     5%    11%
Adversary            46     32     56     47     45     46     55     42
Neither              41     43     36     43     40     42     37     44
DK/NA                 4      6      4      2      3      6      4      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Ally                 13%    10%     9%     4%    10%     6%     8%    12%
Adversary            35     49     42     57     49     47     48     41
Neither              50     33     47     32     40     42     41     41
DK/NA                 1      8      3      6      2      5      3      5
 
 
36. Is your opinion of Vladimir Putin favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable             9%    17%     4%     8%    13%     6%     5%    13%
Unfavorable          70     56     80     72     68     71     81     67
Hvn't hrd enough     20     24     16     19     17     22     13     19
REFUSED               1      3      -      1      2      1      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Favorable            11%     9%    10%     6%    12%     6%     9%    10%
Unfavorable          63     69     70     77     73     74     73     62
Hvn't hrd enough     26     22     17     15     13     18     16     27
REFUSED               -      -      3      2      2      1      2      1
 
 
37. Do you believe that Vladimir Putin is a democratically elected leader, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                   8%    11%     6%     8%    10%     5%     8%     9%
No                   78     72     82     80     79     76     83     76
DK/NA                15     17     12     11     10     18     10     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes                   8%     9%    10%     4%    10%     6%     8%     7%
No                   75     78     76     84     80     78     79     76
DK/NA                17     13     13     13      9     15     12     17
 
 
38. Do you think that the Russian government interfered with the 2016 presidential election, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Interfered       53%    15%    84%    53%    49%    56%    56%    39%
No                   39     74     10     41     44     35     36     52
DK/NA                 8     11      7      7      7     10      8      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Interfered       54%    55%    48%    53%    46%    49%    47%    66%
No                   40     34     45     36     48     41     44     26
DK/NA                 6     11      7     11      6     10      8      7
 
 
39. Do you think that the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election is a very important issue, a somewhat important issue, a not so important issue, or not an important issue at all?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very important       47%    19%    77%    39%    39%    54%    43%    35%
Somewhat important   20     22     14     27     21     20     23     22
Not so important     11     19      3     13     13      9     13     15
Not important at all 19     37      4     18     24     15     18     24
DIDN'T INTERFERE(VOL) 1      2      -      2      1      1      1      2
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1      2      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very important       52%    46%    42%    48%    34%    44%    39%    65%
Somewhat important   23     20     20     21     20     24     23     17
Not so important      8     15     11     11     17     11     14      4
Not important at all 14     17     24     18     26     18     21     11
DIDN'T INTERFERE(VOL) 1      -      2      2      2      2      2      1
DK/NA                 2      2      -      1      1      1      1      2
 
 
40. Do you support or oppose investigations into the Russian government's potential role in the 2016 presidential election?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              68%    43%    88%    67%    66%    70%    72%    56%
Oppose               28     51     11     29     31     26     25     38
DK/NA                 4      6      1      4      3      5      2      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Support              72%    69%    64%    70%    63%    64%    64%    79%
Oppose               24     28     32     26     34     30     32     18
DK/NA                 4      3      4      5      3      6      4      2
 
 
41. Do you approve or disapprove of the new sanctions ordered by the U.S. government against Russia in retaliation for alleged election interference?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              56%    27%    80%    57%    55%    57%    60%    47%
Disapprove           30     54     11     30     33     27     28     38
DK/NA                14     19      9     13     12     15     12     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              56%    56%    55%    58%    53%    54%    54%    64%
Disapprove           32     30     33     25     37     29     33     23
DK/NA                12     14     11     17     10     17     14     13
 
 
41a. (If approve q41) Would you support or oppose additional sanctions on Russia?
                     APPROVE Q41..........................................
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              76%    54%    87%    72%    79%    74%    77%    69%
Oppose               14     27      7     17     13     14     12     20
DK/NA                10     19      6     10      8     12     11     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Support              71%    84%    75%    76%    77%    70%    73%    83%
Oppose               16      7     16     14     13     18     16     10
DK/NA                12      9      9     10     11     12     11      7
 
 
42. Do you support or oppose investigations into the potential links between some of Donald Trump's campaign advisors and the Russian government?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              62%    28%    87%    66%    61%    64%    69%    52%
Oppose               32     61     11     31     34     30     27     40
DK/NA                 6     11      2      4      5      7      4      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Support              66%    65%    60%    59%    60%    60%    60%    70%
Oppose               31     32     35     29     36     32     34     27
DK/NA                 3      4      4     12      4      8      6      3
 
 
43. Do you believe President Trump has too friendly of an attitude towards - Russia, too unfriendly of an attitude towards Russia, or has about the right attitude towards Russia?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Too friendly         49%    13%    83%    45%    44%    53%    52%    37%
Too unfriendly        3      2      4      2      3      3      1      2
Right attitude       43     81      8     48     50     37     43     56
DK/NA                 5      4      5      5      3      7      5      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Too friendly         54%    50%    42%    50%    41%    47%    44%    61%
Too unfriendly        6      3      2      1      2      2      2      6
Right attitude       38     36     53     43     54     45     50     28
DK/NA                 2     10      3      7      3      6      5      6
 
 
44. Do you believe President Trump has too friendly of an attitude towards - Mexico, too unfriendly of an attitude towards Mexico, or has about the right attitude towards Mexico?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Too friendly          1%     1%     2%     -      -      2%     1%     1%
Too unfriendly       53     11     83     55     49     57     54     37
Right attitude       42     85      9     41     48     35     41     59
DK/NA                 4      4      6      3      2      6      4      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Too friendly          2%     -      1%     1%     -      1%     1%     2%
Too unfriendly       62     62     44     46     41     48     45     71
Right attitude       34     34     52     46     56     46     51     21
DK/NA                 2      5      4      7      2      5      4      6
 
 
45. Do you believe President Trump has too friendly of an attitude towards - NATO allies, too unfriendly of an attitude towards NATO allies, or has about the right attitude towards NATO allies?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Too friendly          3%     3%     4%     4%     3%     4%     1%     4%
Too unfriendly       44      7     75     42     40     47     53     31
Right attitude       42     83     10     41     50     34     38     54
DK/NA                11      7     12     14      8     15      8     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Too friendly          3%     3%     5%     1%     1%     4%     2%     6%
Too unfriendly       41     49     40     48     40     43     41     50
Right attitude       42     36     48     40     52     41     46     32
DK/NA                14     12      8     11      7     13     10     13