In Belief in conspiracies largely depends on political identity, it's reported that many democrats reported positively to a question about whether Russia tampered with the vote tallies for the 2016 presidential election:

Half of Clinton’s voters think Russia even hacked the Election Day votes (only 9% of Trump voters give that any credibility at all).

As far as I know, Democrats aren't actually alleging that the vote tallies are hacked. Instead, they allege that Russia encouraged people to vote Trump, including by hacking Democrat emails. Are Democrats actually promoting the claim that vote tallies were hacked?

  • IDK what you are looking for in an answer, but the question that the poll apparently asked has some problems with it. For example, it asks for a true or false answer to a question that hasn't really been studied. What if one thought it was possible, but didn't know? What would they answer? One might also consider Russia's actions an indirect way of tampering with vote tallies, by engineering people's thoughts (a significantly more-effective way to go about it in reality).
    – Batman
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 23:32
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    It sounds to me like he's asking if any moderately high-ranking Democratic party official has publicly alleged that Russia has tampered with the vote tallies. It seems to be an answerable question. Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 0:02
  • Belief in conspiracies mostly correlates with specific psychological and cognitive profiles. There was a nice "You're not so smart" podcast episode about that research recently.
    – user4012
    Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 1:36
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    I don't know of any promotion of that idea. Regardless, that article is terrible. I don't think it actually comes to the same conclusion as its title. The title should be "belief in specific conspiracy theories can depend on political identity which is kind of like saying "NFL team affiliation is highly dependent on where people live". (ie, no duh.)
    – user1530
    Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 4:05
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    Frankly the public's confusion could be somewhat pardoned. I mean, read Oct 23, 2020 news "U.S. officials said Thursday that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. The warning, less than two weeks before the election, amplified fears of the potential for tampering with the vote and undermining confidence in the results." Commented Nov 22, 2020 at 1:58


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