A plurality of Facebook users don't think the social media giant influenced the 2016 presidential election, and a majority of those who do, believe it was unintentional, according to a new Huffington Post/YouGov survey.
- 15 percent overall think it's very likely Facebook influenced the election.
- 22 percent overall think it's somewhat likely that it did.
- 23 percent think it's not very likely that FB influenced the election.
- 20 percent think it's not at all likely that it did.
- 20 percent said they are unsure.
- The split along party lines of the Facebook users is striking yet predictable:
- 70 percent of Republicans say it's not likely FB influenced the election.
- 55 percent of Democrats say it's at least somewhat likely FB influenced the election.
- Independents are split evenly; 36 percent think it's at least somewhat likely vs. 36 percent who think likely not.
Of those who do believe that Facebook did influence the election in some way, 51 percent believe it was unintentional vs. 30 percent who believe FB intentionally affected the election, according to the results.
Again, of those who think Facebook influenced the election, a vast majority believe it favored President Donald Trump.
- 69 percent think Facebook favored Trump.
- 13 percent think Facebook favored Hillary Clinton.
- 18 percent neither or not sure.
Notable here is that 41 percent of Republicans who think Facebook influenced the election favored Trump; 36 percent of Republicans think Facebook favored Clinton.
The poll surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults March 21-23 and has a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.
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