As the mainstream media continues to break down every possible shred of evidence that President Donald Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia to secure a victory in 2016, almost all Republicans are now convinced that the so-called scandal is one big nothing burger.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday revealed that “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” has dropped from 18 percent in April to a whopping 9 percent as of last week.
Meanwhile, the number of Democrats who believe that Russia had a hand in shaping the 2016 election rose from 60 percent to 64 percent, a change that ABC described as “not a significant shift.”
“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 that Russia was involved, or are unsure about it,” ABC reported.
The poll was conducted from July 10-13, just as the story of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya began to break. On the second day of the poll, Trump posted the full email chain on his Twitter account, prompting outlets to devote considerable time to covering allegations of Russian collusion.
Even the wall-to-wall coverage failed to convince many Americans that there was something to the story, with some wondering if the allegations are merely a tool to undermine the Trump administration.
“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,” news director Robert Leonard wrote in an email to CNN’s Brian Stelter, referencing his conversations with conservatives in his state.
“They don’t understand why the media is trying to oust our duly elected president,” he continued. “They think there is a double standard – why isn’t anyone investigating the Clinton campaign/Russia conenctions? They are standing firm behind Trump.”