Most Americans Now Consider Russia a Critical Threat

Americans’ negative views of Russia reached levels not seen since the collapse of the Soviet Union, according to a survey released by Gallup that was conducted Feb 1- 10.

Since being accused of interfering in the 2016 US presidential election, Russians were already viewed negatively by Americans and this perception only got worse in the past year, reaching Cold War era levels. Most Americans surveyed said Russia’s military poses a threat to US vital interests and a third of those surveyed identified Russia as the greatest enemy of the United States.

In the survey, 52% of Americans rated the military power of Russia as a “critical threat” to U.S. vital interests. This is up from 39% in 2016 and from 18% in 2004. The percentage of Americans viewing Russia unfavorably rose to 73%.

Americans are now more likely to see Russia as the United States’ greatest enemy, more than any other country.



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