Partisan divides color Americans’ election security views, survey shows – ERIC GELLER 10/29/2018 12:25 PM EDT


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Eighty percent of Democrats say election interference is somewhat or very likely, compared to only 53 percent of Republicans. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Two-thirds of Americans believe Russia or other countries will try to digitally disrupt the midterm elections, with Democrats far more likely than Republicans to believe and worry about it, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

Eighty percent of Democrats say election interference is somewhat or very likely, compared to only 53 percent of Republicans.

The poll comes one week before the Nov. 6 elections and follows reports from top law enforcement and intelligence officials and social media companies about continued Russian disinformation operations aimed at influencing the election.

The Trump administration says it has made combating election interference a top priority, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen this weekend told “Fox News Sunday” that the U.S. is “more prepared than we’ve ever been.”

But as in other areas, partisan attitudes are affecting the public’s confidence in the administration’s ability to thwart election interference.

Of the Democrats who predict it will happen, 83 percent consider it a major problem, compared to only 47 percent of the Republicans who predict it will happen.

Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to believe U.S. election systems are secure (59 percent versus 34 percent) and that federal officials are “making serious efforts” to prevent disruptions (72 percent versus 43 percent).

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