YouGov’s latest research shows that public attitudes towards Wikileaks is very different in 2016 compared to 2010. In 2010 60% of Americans who are aware of the emails thought that the release of State Department cables harmed the public interest, but in 2016 only 28% believe that the release of John Podesta’s emails harms the public interest. The shift is most pronounced among Republicans, 75% of whom say that the cable releases were harmful, while only 12% say that the email leak is harmful.
Among Democrats the change is minimal. 53% who had heard of the cable leaks thought it harmed the public interest, while 48% say that the email leak in 2016 harms the public interest.