Poll: 50 Percent of Americans View Russia Negatively for First Time in 15 Years
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) - The results of a recent poll suggest that more Americans, for the first time in 15 years, view Russia in a negative light.
According to researchers with Gallup Politics, 50 percent of people in the United States view Russia as an enemy, while only 44 percent see the foreign nation as an ally.
“Since 1999, Americans have considered Russia more of an ally or a friendly nation than an unfriendly nation or an enemy. As recently as June of this year, 52 percent of Americans considered Russia an ally or friendly,” a release on the findings stated. “[Y]et three months later, that number has dropped to 44 percent, with 50 percent believing Russia is now unfriendly or an enemy of American interests.”
The subject of Russia has been in the forefront of American political debate since President Barack Obama had been pushing for a military strike on Syria in retaliation for a chemical attack the U.S. blames on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces. Those actions are now on hold as a he pursues a diplomatic initiative.
U.S. and Russian officials reached an agreement over the weekend to inventory Syria’s chemical weapons programs within a week and remove all of them by the middle of next year.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council were discussing a resolution. The U.S. and France want to include a military option if enforcement fails, which Russia opposes.
The poll was conducted on Sunday and Monday, not long after Russian President Vladimir Putin brokered a deal to help rid Syria of its chemical weapons. A random sampling of 1,010 American adults participated in the study.
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