Despite every aspect of the nationwide psyop falling apart over the course of the last four years, the collusion hoax was still largely successful. Four-in-five Americans with an opinion think the Russians have their heavy thumbs positioned to press hard on the electoral scales in November:
A couple of things potentially check that dim view of my fellow compatriots. For one, the question asks if Russia will “influence” the election. Unless a nation really is isolationist in the descriptive rather than derogatory sense of the term, every nation tries to influence what happens in other countries. It’s called foreign policy. The US has a long history of meddling in other elections. If our poll takers are soberly distinguishing between “influence” and more nefarious things like “interference” or “rigging”, the figures should arguably be even higher and this is nothing to be depressed about.
Secondly, the preceding graph omits “not sure” responses though a sizable minority, 24% of respondents, answered this way. Perhaps they’ll view sensational allegations of election interference anytime the neo-liberal establishment doesn’t get what it wants–whether among Republicans or Democrats–more skeptically from now on. Maybe the Ruskies will pull a fast one on us, but we’re going to need to see a smoking gun, not circumstantial evidence based on shadowy, incestuous anonymous sources.