A recent poll from Business Insider shows that a third of Democratic primary voters fear another hacking incident will occur and influence the 2020 presidential election. The poll respondents believe foreign hackers could tilt the upcoming election to Republicans.
According to the poll, 40% of self identified Democratic voters are also worried about a turnout failure of the Democratic electorate while 34% are concerned about “international hackers exerting influence on the electoral process.”
Recently, the public has been more focused on election interference than ever before in light of the highly-anticipated congressional testimony of special counsel Robert Mueller, who warned that there were ongoing Russian efforts to interfere with American elections.
Mueller’s words seem to confirm the fears of many American voters as he said, “They’re doing it as we sit here.”
“They’re doing it as we sit here.”-Robert Mueller, on Russian interference with American elections
The Senate Intelligence Committee also released a report saying that Russia had target election systems in every single state in America. That was a larger concerted effort than has been previously acknowledged by US officials. The committee called it “an unprecedented level of activity against state election infrastructure.”
On the same day as the report came out, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked bills which would help stop hackers from inflitrating American election systems. Of course, President Trump has a history of downplaying any potential for interference and has more than once completely dismissed US intelligence agencies’ reports on the matter, which eventually led to the resignation of his own intelligence chief Dan Coats when he felt that the White House was continuing to ignore his concerns about Russia.
In the poll, conducted by Business Insider, over 1,100 respondents were questioned about their thoughts on why their party’s candidate might not win the White House in 2020. 492 of those asked identify as Democrats and were asked, “If the Democratic nominee were to lose in the general election against President Donald Trump, why do you think that would be?” Foreign hacking was the greatest fear.
According to an AP-NORC poll released last month. a great many Americans are concerned about Russian hacking and the Commander in Chief has done very little to dissuade those fears.