7 In 10 Americans Now View Russia as an Enemy

7 In 10 Americans Now View Russia as an Enemy



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Positive attitudes regarding NATO

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, 70% of Americans now view Russia as an enemy, up from 41% in January. Democrats and Republicans alike see Russia as a threat, with 72% viewing it as one.

A new Pew Research Center poll found that only 7% of Americans think Russia is a good country. Only 6% trust its leader, Vladimir Putin. However, 72% trust Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The continuing fighting has increased interest in NATO. NATO is not a member of NATO, but it borders many member states, and NATO leaders have recently coordinated their approaches. Since Russia’s invasion, 67 percent of Americans have endorsed the alliance, up from 61 percent in 2021. 69 percent say that being a member of NATO helps the United States a lot or a little.

While both Democrats and Republicans (including those on the fence) are generally pleased with NATO and US participation, liberal Democrats are more optimistic. For example, 85% of liberal Democrats think the US gains a lot or a little from NATO participation; only 51% of conservative Republicans agree.

Still, partisanship over NATO has lessened during the past year. The number of Democrats and Democrats-leaning people who like NATO has stayed about the same, but the number of Republicans and Republicans-leaning people who like it has gone up from 44% in spring 2021 to 55% now.

The partisan gap on Russia has shrunk. Back in 2020, there was a 17-point gap between the share of Democrats who disliked Russia and the share of Republicans who disliked it; now it is only 5 points.

Democrats and Republicans now have similar views on the Russian threat. Recent polling shows that Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents see Russia as a serious threat to the US, while Republicans and Republican-leaning independents see it as a minor threat. However, in 2020, only 48% of Republicans saw Russia as a major concern, compared to 68% of Democrats.

This is one of the primary results of a recent Pew Research Center poll of 3,581 adults from March 21 to March 27, 2022.

Most Americans dislike Russia

Russia is disliked by 92 percent of Americans, with 69 percent strongly disapproving.This very negative view has climbed by 28 percentage points from the last time this subject was posed in 2020, approximately two years before Russia invaded Ukraine.

Between 2007 and 2020, the Pew Research Center examined Americans’ perceptions of Russia via phone polls. In the spring of 2014, after Russia took over Crimea, which only a few countries agreed with, the country’s ratings went down a lot and never went back up again.

While both Democrats and Republicans now dislike Russia, Republicans’ opinions have shifted more dramatically. On the other hand, in 2020, around a third of Republicans and Republican leaners had a very negative view of Russia, compared to 67% today. During the same time span, Democrats’ disapproval of Russia rose by 23 points. While Republicans and Democrats still hold opposing views on Russia, the party split has narrowed.

American seniors (83%) dislike Russia more than younger Americans (55%) do.

Most Americans now view Russia as an enemy

Changes in Americans’ perceptions of Russia have accompanied changes in Russian perceptions. Just two months ago, Americans viewed Russia more as a competitor than an enemy (49 percent vs. 41 percent at the time). Now, 70% of Americans regard Russia as an enemy, with only 24% calling it a competitor. Few Americans consider Russia as a partner, down from 7% two months ago.

While most Americans consider Russia to be a threat, those aged 65 and older are most likely to agree, with 83 percent thinking so. While most young individuals (59%) think that Russia is an enemy, they are significantly more inclined than older generations to see Russia as a rival.

Americans with a postgraduate degree are more likely to call Russia an enemy than those with only a high school diploma or less.

While both Democrats and Republicans consider Russia an enemy, there are some party and ideological differences. Liberal Democrats, on the other hand, are more likely than moderate and liberal Republicans to label Russia as an enemy (63 percent and 78 percent, respectively).

This article was made with the help of informations from pewresearch.org

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