Poll: 55% of Americans bothered by Russian election hacking

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

More than half of Americans say they’re bothered by Russian hacks of Democratic emails in an effort to help President-elect Donald Trump win the election, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.

Fifty-five percent of Americans say they are at least quite a bit concerned about the Russian hacks, the poll shows.

There is a sharp partisan divide, with 86% of Democrats saying they are concerned compared with 29% of Republicans.

However, most Americans do not believe Russian hacking influenced the outcome of the election.

Just 37% say they believe Russian hacking helped President-elect Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, while 57% say they think it had no impact.

Broadly, at 31%, more Americans said President-elect Trump is “too friendly” toward Russian President Vladimir Putin than the 24% who said he’s “not too friendly.” Another 44% had no opinion.

And about 50% of Americans said they approved of President-elect Trump’s handling of the transition, while 41% disapprove, the survey shows. That approval number is significantly below President Barack Obama’s in 2008 (73%) and Bill Clinton’s in 1992 (77%).

The poll of 1,000 adults was conducted December 12-15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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