Republicans Like Putin, Russia, and WikiLeaks a Lot More After Trump's Election Win

A new poll shows more Republicans are down with Putin, Russia, and WikiLeaks following Trump's election win.

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The CIA has said it's "quite clear" that Russia interfered with our election in order to help the now-president-elect Donald Trump. President Obama and others are looking into the issue, which Trump still denies, despite previously encouraging Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails. Americans—and especially Republicans—have long opposed Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, who called and congratulated Trump when he won the election. Now, however, the GOP is warming up to Putin, Russia, and WikiLeaks following Trump's campaign, according to a new poll from The Economist and YouGov.

Here is Republicans and Democrats on Vladimir Putin since July 2014.

— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) December 14, 2016

The poll found that Putin had a -66 net favorability among Republicans back in July 2014. Now, though, Putin has jumped to only a -10 net favorability. In comparison, Democrats viewed Putin with -54 net favorability in July 2014, and the Russian leader now has a -62 net favorability among Democrats.

Um, wow...

Net favorability of Putin:

July 2014: -54
Dec 2016: -62

July 2014: -66
Dec 2016: -10


— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) December 14, 2016

For Russia overall, rather than Putin specifically, the net favorability also shot up among Republicans—from -75 in 2014 to just -21 right now.

It's not just Putin.

Here are perceptions about whether Russia is a friend to the US or not, since 2011.

— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) December 14, 2016

According to the Washington Post, WikiLeaks had a -47 net favorabilty among Republicans in 2013, compared to a -3 net favorability among Democrats in 2013. Now, WikiLeaks is viewed more positively than negatively by Republicans by a 27-point margin—a 74-point swing. For Democrats, WikiLeaks now has a -28 net favorabilty, down 25 points.

In the past, it was a lot different. Back in 2012, the Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said that Russia "is without question our number one geopolitical foe." That same year, Trump even tweeted a quote of Romney's tough stance against Russia:

"I will implement effective missile defenses to protect against threats. On this, there will be no flexibility with Vladimir Putin." -- Mitt

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2012

By 2013, Donald Trump was wondering if Putin would be his best friend:

Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow - if so, will he become my new best friend?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2013

In 2014, Trump called Putin a "big hero" and also retweeted someone who praised Putin and compared him to Trump:

Putin has become a big hero in Russia with an all time high popularity. Obama, on the other hand, has fallen to his lowest ever numbers. SAD

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2014

"@DubC_Smitty:I don't know that much about Vladimir Putin,but I do know he's a black belt and he's real. DonaldTrump is a figure of strength

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2014

In October, while he was telling crowds "I love WikiLeaks," Trump complimented the "incredible information provided by WikiLeaks"—which was almost certainly a result of Russia's hacking

Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2016

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