(TheRedAlertNews.com) – Americans’ already low opinion of Russia has sunk to a new bottom in the past year since Moscow invaded a pro-Western Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
The share of Americans with a positive view of Russia has collapsed to its lowest since the downfall of the former Soviet empire more than 30 years ago.
According to a new public opinion poll by Gallup, only 9% of the American people view Russia favorably at present.
A year ago, Americans’ approval of Russia stood at 15%, while nearly a decade ago, in 2014, it was 34%.
2014 was a watershed year for the West’s relationship with Russia since that was when Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine for the first time.
Unlike the full-fledged invasion of 2022, back then Moscow limited its aggression to annexing the Crimean Peninsula and starting a separatist insurgency in Donbas in Eastern Ukraine.
“Russia is now the fourth country in Gallup’s polling of country favorable ratings to register a sub-10% favorable score. Iran, Iraq, and North Korea have had ratings below 10% on multiple occasions,” Gallup’s release informed.
The survey results revealed that 90% of Americans presently hold an unfavorable view of Russia, including 59% with a “very unfavorable” view.
“The endgame of the conflict [in Ukraine] is unclear, and diplomatic efforts have so far been unproductive. As long as the war persists, it is unlikely Americans’ opinions of Russia will improve,” commented Gallup analyst Jeffrey Jones.
At the same time, the poll showed that more than two-thirds of the American people – or 68% – hold a positive view of Ukraine.
Another 31% had an unfavorable view of Ukraine, and 2% gave no opinion.
It is noted that the above score is a “substantial improvement for Ukraine” since, in 2020, it was seen positively by 57% of Americans, while 40% had a negative view of it.
Back then, Ukraine made headlines in the U.S. primarily with revelations about Hunter Biden’s employment by energy company Burisma. However, Burisma was owned by an oligarch close to Moscow and then-Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, a well-known Putin puppet.
The new Gallup poll also showed that the percentage of Americans viewing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a “critical” threat to the United States has reached a new high of 56%.
At the same time, 36% said it was an “important” threat, while only 8% deemed it not to be a threat at all.
About half – or 51% of Americans – think Russia’s military might be a “critical” threat to America – compared with 59% who felt the same in 2022.
“Americans’ opinion on the Kremlin’s capabilities likely reflects the underwhelming performance of Russia on the battlefield [in Ukraine],” Newsmax commented.
The Gallup poll surveyed 1,008 U.S. adults via telephone interviews from February 1-February 23. It had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
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