Democracy, Populism, & Domestic Politics Yale prof. talks how Russian interference diminishes trust in election results at PWH

February 15, 2020
By Celia Kreth | The Daily Pennsylvanian

Four years since Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election dominated the media narrative, Perry World House Lightning Scholar Sarah Bush presented her research on why trust in government is declining globally on Tuesday.

Bush said she designed a series of surveys on the elections held in Tunisia in 2014, the U.S. in 2016 and 2018, and Georgia in 2018 to gauge how foreign election interference can influence trust in election results. She said she found that election interference is often viewed as positive in an authoritarian regime, but is generally seen as negative when it impacts a democracy.

“In these cases, we’ve been doing multiple surveys where we interview the same people repeatedly over time and try to see how their opinions about elections change,” Bush said.

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