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American Voters Feel More Prepared for Election Hacking in 2020

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People typically don't understand cybersecurity.

In a survey of more than 1,000 people, roughly a third of surveyed Democrats said they were at least a bit more confident the U.S. will be able to protect the 2020 Presidential Election from cyber attack.

Credit: Science Focus

  • Democrats were 35% more likely to say that they were at least slightly confident that the U.S. will be ready for any cyber attack in the 2020 Presidential elections than they were right before the 2018 midterm elections. This was the largest increase among the three political parties.
  • Both Independents and Democrats rank social media propaganda as the top cybersecurity threat to U.S. elections.
  • Facebook is more associated with fake political posts than any other social network. It is also the social network that most affects our opinions.

Unless you've been avoiding the constant political talk as of late, you are likely aware of the perpetual investigation of the 2016 U.S. presidential election and potential interference by Russian hackers. Even if you have been keeping up, the endless headlines and constant investigation turns can get confusing.

With the interference of previous campaigns and ongoing threats to the election process, we were interested to see how many Americans understand election cyberattacks in terms of how it is done or how it can be prevented. We surveyed over 1,000 people about their opinions on the biggest threats to one of our most fundamental rights. Continue reading to see what we learned.


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