Just 9% of Republicans think Trump colluded with Russians, new report shows

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New research shows a staggering difference in reality of what most media outlets are calling the biggest scandal since Richard Nixon. Even before his inauguration in January, President Donald Trump has been no stranger to accusations of scandals and wrongdoing, ranging from allegations of sexual misconduct and assault to underpaying employees - none of which were proven. However, none have stuck around for as long as the allegations of collusion between the Russian government and Trump's campaign team.

However, a new poll found “the number of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who think that the Russians sought to influence the election, and that the Trump team intentionally helped them,” is now just 9%, falling 18% since April to the ABC News/Washington Post regarding Americans thoughts about possible ties Trump had with the Russian government.

The results come from a poll conducted from July 10-13. Partisan divisions in the poll were “35-23-35 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents.” Its margin of error is +/- 3.5 percentage points.

It was a busy week for Trump, and heavy media coverage undoubtedly would have its desired affect on the poll. On July 12, the third day of the poll, CNN's morning show New Day spent 93 percent of its airtime on the alleged Russian scandal, according to a Media Research Center study. Other networks - including other CNN shows - devoted sizable amounts of time to Russian scandal throughout the week.

California Journalist Tony Lee points out how Donald Trump Jr. released his own emails with Rob Goldstone involving a meeting with the infamous Russian lawyer that dozens of media outlets of latched on to as the holy grail to evidence of Trump's collision. Interestingly enough, the information provided by Trump Jr. resulted in a reverse effect, and may have even convinced people that the Trump Team was innocent of any wrong doing.

"On July 11, the second day the poll was in the field, Donald Trump Jr. released his emails with publicist Rob Goldstone regarding a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya that Trump Jr. eventually attended with Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner during the 2016 election."

Despite the overwhelming coverage to paint Trump as guilty, the media's ceaseless Russia coverage has not even convinced many more Democrats that Russia helped influence the 2016 election, either. According to the poll, the number of Democrats who believe this (64%) increased just four percentage points from April. That, according to ABC, is “not a significant shift.”

ABC points out that “as a combined total, the number of Americans who both think that the Russians tried to influence the campaign, and that Trump aides helped, is 41 percent — very similar to the 40 percent who don’t think Russia was involved, or are unsure about it.”

Reporters who have branched off from the D.C.-New York media bubbles have found that working-class voters, especially conservatives, are “angry” at the mainstream media for overplaying and sensationalizing their various Russia stories. Robert Leonard, an Iowa news director, emailed CNN’s Brian Stelter last week and explained how conservatives in his state were “extremely angry” at the press because they think the media are using Russia stories to “oust” Trump.
“They think the Trump/Russia deal is a coup attempt by the media, and don’t think there is anything to the Russia/ Trump, Jr. emails,” Leonard, the news director, wrote. “They don’t understand why the media is trying to oust our duly elected president. They think there is a double standard — why isn’t anyone investigating the Clinton campaign/Russia connections? They are standing firm behind Trump.”

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