Facing mounting scandals and a stalled legislative agenda, President Trump currently holds a historically low approval rating for a president just five months into his first term. But when it comes to a core constituency many credit for putting him in office, there is some good news for the administration. According to a new poll out today, a majority of Russian hackers are glad they voted repeatedly for Trump.
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey of more than 1,000 Russian hackers found that a resounding 83 percent are “satisfied” that they subverted the American electoral process to hand the presidency to Trump. Even as talk of impeachment grows louder, the unlikely coalition of mainland Russian key punchers and eastern European cyberjocks Trump harnessed to capture the White House appears to remain solidly behind the president they installed.
“Has he been perfect? No,” said Sergey Mikhailov, a 23-year-old hacker from St. Petersburg who cast more than 100,000 votes in Ohio for Trump last year. “But things take time. It’s ridiculous to expect that he would waltz into office and completely dismantle NATO in a single day. We must give him a chance, and stop hounding him with investigations.”
Moreover, thirty-four percent of respondents remained “extremely satisfied” with their decision to tip the scales for Trump. According to cyber-terrorist Vassily Dzhuplin: “If the election where held today, I would proudly blast out another fake news article to 5 million swing-state voters about Hillary Clinton running a child-sex trafficking ring out of a Washington, D.C. pizzeria.”
But Trump’s support among hackers isn’t universal. Of the remaining poll respondents, about 14 percent say they wish they had used their computer prowess to hack into NORAD and trigger a nuclear war. And roughly 3 percent would switch their support to credit-card fraud.