Fox News Poll: Voters disapprove of both Obama, Trump on Russian meddling

Majorities of American voters are unhappy with the current administration — as well as the former one — when it comes to Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

By a 53 -3 1 percent margin, voters disapprove of the style the Obama administration is a response to cyberattacks by the Russian government.

And by a 53 -3 7 percent margin, voters dislike how the Trump White House is manage investigations into the issue.

Thats according to a new Fox News Poll of registered voters released Wednesday.


Half of voters tell Russian cyberattacks didnt matter to the election outcome( 50 percentage ). However, a large 43 percent minority believes Russia helped Donald Trump win.

On the issue of the Trump campaign coordinating with the Russian government, 52 percentage say there was no collusion, yet 40 percentage think there was.

Seventy percent of voters approve of a special advise being appointed to investigate Russian meddling, even as merely 33 percent feel confident Robert Mueller will treat Trump reasonably. Fewer still, 28 percent, are confident U.S. intelligence agencies can stop Russia or others from hacking into the countrys election systems.

President Trumps ratings hold steady, despite the ongoing investigations. Currently, 47 percentage have a favorable sentiment of Trump. That matches his previous record high set in December — and is nine points higher than when he was elected( 38 percent ).

In addition, 44 percent of voters approve of the job hes doing as chairperson, while 50 percentage disapprove. Last month, it was 40 -5 3 percent( May 2017 ).

For Trumps handling of foreign policy, 41 percent approve and 52 percentage disapprove. More specifically, 56 percent of voters think he hasnt been tough enough on North Korea and 62 percent disapprove of sending additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

Forty-eight percent suppose the United States and its friends are winning the war on terrorism, up from 44 percent a year ago.

Trump get positive job ratings for his handling of terrorism( 48 -4 5 percentage) and the economy( 48 -4 3 percent ).

Has the Trump administration been competent and effective in managing the federal government? Over half, 52 percent, say no. That might sting less for the White House knowing this: 53 percentage said the Obama administration was incompetent in May 2015. And that was down from a high of 59 percent incompetent in October 2014.

Some 44 percent guess the Trump administration has been competent.

When asked who they would rather have as chairman, its a tight race between Trump and Vice President Mike Pence: 44 percentage Trump vs. 37 percentage Pence. Republicans pick Trump( 70 -2 3 percent ), while Democrats opt Pence( 49 -2 2 percent ).

Its a long time before any voting, but the poll proves Democrat with a six-point edge in the Congressional ballot test: 47 percent would back the Democratic candidate in their district vs. 41 percentage the Republican candidate.

How does Trump play into that? Twenty-eight percent tell conveying opposition to Trump will be a reason for their vote for Congress, while 18 percent say their election will be to express support for the president. Half say he wont be a factor in their referendum( 50 percentage ).

The number of Democrats( 52 percent) telling their referendum is to show opposition to Trump is larger than the number of Republicans( 38 percentage) voting to express support for him.


Voters prioritize current investigations over previous ones. For instance, more think its extremely important to keep probing Russian hacking( 35 percentage) or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia( 31 percentage) than Hillary Clintons use of a private email server( 26 percentage ).

And more suppose Trumps firing of FBI Director James Comey( 33 percentage) is extremely important to analyse than say the same of President Obamas Attorney General Loretta Lynch telling Comey not to call his investigation into Clintons emails an investigation( 25 percent ).

Some 23 percent feel its extremely important to continue looking into the Obama administrations handling of the Benghazi terrorist attacks.

The Fox News poll is based on landline and cellphone interviews with 1,017 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research( D) and Shaw& Company Research( R) from June 25 -2 7, 2017. The poll has a margin of sampling mistake of plus or minus three percentage points for all registered voters.

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