Majority concerned about Russian influence on midterm elections: poll

A majority of U.S. voters in a new Reuters/Ipsos poll say they are concerned about Russia’s potential influence in the 2022 midterm elections.

The poll found that 52% are concerned about Russian misinformation and propaganda online and that Moscow indirectly donates money to campaigns.

Russia is notorious for trying to interfere with elections in Western countries, including the United States.

Concerns about Russian interference grew following its interference in 2016, which included both disinformation efforts and hacking into US political groups.

Relations between Washington and Moscow have deteriorated significantly in recent months following the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The United States has provided Ukraine with billions of dollars in aid and weapons to help it fight Russian forces.

Russia condemned the actions of the United States and sanctioned more than 100 American lawmakers and leaders accordingly.

A large majority of Americans in the poll said they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports sanctions against Russia and aid for Ukraine and its refugees.

The survey was conducted between April 25 and April 26 among 1,005 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

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