In the United States, a record of negative attitude towards Russia was broken
The number of Americans negatively evaluating Russia reached a record 90%. At the same time, 59% of them comply “extremely negative” opinion, according to a sociological survey by Gallup.
Only 9% of Americans view Russia positively. This is the lowest number since 1989 since 1989. Last year it was 15%.
The majority of respondents (56%) believe that the war between Russia and Ukraine poses a serious threat to vital US interests. In addition, more than half of Americans (51%) consider Russia’s military power a “critical threat,” up from 59% last year. Analysts attribute the decline to the protracted war in Ukraine, as Russia has not achieved significant results on the battlefield, and the few successes come at a high price in the form of a large number of personnel and equipment.
Along with Russia, the top four countries with less than 10% of American approval are Iran, Iraq and North Korea. At the same time, 68% of respondents said that they had a positive attitude towards Ukraine. This is the highest number at the moment.
Sociologists note that in recent years, the attitude of Americans towards Russia has begun to deteriorate. a decade after President Vladimir Putin came to power for the second time. This trend is in many ways related to the increase in human rights violations in the Russian Federation and the annexation of Crimea, as well as concerns about Moscow’s interference in the US elections.
Survey data Gallup are similar to the results of the published study Ronald Reagan Foundation in December 2022. It was then reported that 82% of Americans view Russia as an enemy and consider it the second key threat after China. At the same time, a record 76% of respondents called Ukraine an ally.
In the Russian Federation, a survey on a similar topic was conducted in August by the Levada Center. 71% of Russians said they had a bad attitude towards the US. 65% also have a negative attitude towards the European Union. Ukraine is strongly opposed by 66% of respondents.