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Americans re­main split on whether for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama or his in­ner cir­cle knew that U.S. in­tel­li­gence agen­cies were peek­ing in on Pres­i­dent Trump’s cam­paign last year.

A new Ras­mussen Re­port sur­vey finds that 47 per­cent of likely U.S. vot­ers say it’s likely Mr. Obama or his top aides were aware that the na­tion’s in­tel­li­gence agen­cies were spy­ing on the Trump cam­paign and tran­si­tion team. A third say se­nior mem­bers of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion shared “se­cretly ob­tained in­for­ma­tion about the in­com­ing pres­i­dent and his team” with the me­dia.

Among Repub­li­can vot­ers, 73 per­cent say the Obama team knew of the sur­veil­lance, and 59 per­cent of those vot­ers be­lieve se­cretly ob­tained in­for­ma­tion was leaked to the press.

“Most Democrats dis­agree with both of those state­ments. Vot­ers not af­fil­i­ated with ei­ther po­lit­i­cal party are more evenly di­vided on both ques­tions,” the poll analysis noted.

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