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MOSCOW, September 17 (RIA Novosti) – Russians have been feeling increasingly negative toward the United States over the past few months, and they now view the Western superpower more pessimistically than at any other point in more than four years, a new state survey showed Tuesday.
Thirty-five percent of respondents to the poll, conducted on August 24 and 25, said they felt “generally poor” or “very poor” about America, compared with 30 percent who felt that way in February, the state-run Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) said in an online statement.
Overall, Russians currently feel the most negative about America since September 2008, a month after Russia fought a small war against the South Caucasus nation of Georgia, whose president had close ties with the US.
The current overall sentiment, though, is more comparable to that of 2009, when the US and Russia marked a “reset” in bilateral relations.
Still, 46 percent of Russians currently hold a positive view of America, the pollster said, adding that the figure comprised mostly young adults and residents of big cities.
The people with the most negative perception of the US were respondents in small towns or those over the age of 45, the pollster added.
While attitudes toward the US have generally soured, perceptions of bilateral relations have stayed relatively the same over the course of this year, the pollster said. The August poll was conducted among 1,600 Russian residents across 42 regions.
Criticism of the US increased in Russia following America’s push last month to carry out a military strike on Syria in response to allegations that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons on civilians during its civil war.
The US House of Representatives was days away from voting on whether to approve a strike on Syria – a measure that had already been green-lighted by the US Senate – when Russia backed a deal to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control.
After the Syrian government formally agreed to the handover, US President Barack Obama asked Congress to delay its vote to allow time for the transfer to be complete. The transfer officially has a November deadline.
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- PR101When constant negative comments19:12, 17/09/2013regarding the US appear in the Russian media, it is not too surprising that a significant number of Russians have a negative opinion. Same is true in the US regarding Russia. But, it is just the "controllers" pushing their agenda on the minds of citizens.
- gunshipdemocracyha ha no wonder21:20, 17/09/20133gdid
it is enough to see what US elites are doing and saying. That US decaying empire is following Brzezinski doctrine about encircling, dismembering and then annihilating Russia. Too late empire is almost done LOL
- MikeHuntSolve it in the ring10:11, 18/09/2013We need to organize a WWE style wrestling match with Russian and American wrestlers battling each other in the ring.
They can openly jeer and take out all their frustrations out on each other.
Perhaps after venting all their anger we can start getting along again?
- Mikhail1228Mutual Distrust16:30, 18/09/2013The primary reason for the distrust is due to the following. American's are used to allies that really have no independent foreign policy. In many ways these western European partners are really like vassal states of the US. Whatever America wants them to think, or do, these countries usually comply. Russia has its own independent foreign policy which usually does not coincide with the foreign policy of the US. Russia has a formidable nuclear deterrent and its powerful military is being rebuilt by President Vladimir Putin. They have no problem telling America "NO" and Vladimir Putin doesn't really give a shit what America thinks. Furthermore Russia and China have the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) which has 200 million soldiers in uniform, an organization with the economic and military might to easily overwhelm NATO and the West in any confrontation.
New ties between Russia and Japan would mark not only a breakthrough in their relations but also a significant shift in Northeast Asia’s political dynamic. Both are secondary players in a region overshadowed by an increasingly assertive China, which has not hesitated to push against the boundaries of its neighbors.