Washington, DC, elites might obsess over Russia conspiracies but Middle America doesn’t care that much.
The media can’t seem to move past their own hysteria over Russia conspiracies. But can the Democrats hope to use outrage and fear over Russia conspiracies to win victories next November? Increasingly, even progressives are answering that question with a “No.” Average voters don’t care enough. The media and political activists have not been able to get their own outrage over and belief in “collusion” to spread among normal people.
The Guardian published an editorial entitled, “Democrats beware: the Trump-Russia inquiry isn’t the path to power.”
At first sight, polls seem to indicate that the Democrats do have a potential winner in the Russia investigation. When White House spokeswomen Sarah Sanders said that “no one cares about this issue”, the Washington Post claimed to prove her wrong by showing that “nearly half – 49% – of Americans believe Trump tried to interfere with the Russia investigation in a way that amounts to obstruction of justice”. Indeed, other polls confirm that a plurality of Americans believes Trump “acted improperly when it comes to any alleged coordination between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.” But that was not Sanders’ point!
While Sanders definitely exaggerated when she said that no one cares, she did have a point when she elaborated “it’s certainly not the thing that keeps people up at nigh.”. Only 35% of Americans said that the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia should be a “top priority” for Congress. Another 18% says it should be “an important, but lower priority.” While this amounts to 53% overall, even that number was lower than that for any of the other seven issues included, with the exception of Trump’s much desired wall on the US-Mexico border.
In other words, the Russia-Trump collusion story might be the talk of the town in Washington, but this is not the case in much of the rest of the country.
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