Poll: Russians see U.S., Ukraine, Turkey as main enemies

11:57, 02 June 2016
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Russians consider the United States, Ukraine and Turkey to be their main enemies, according to the findings of a public opinion poll by the Levada Center, an independent Russian polling and sociological research organization.


According to the survey, 72% of Russians believe that the United States is the most hostile to the Russian Federation.

The second place with the highest ever recorded figure goes to Ukraine – 48% (it was 37% in 2015).

The third unfriendly country, according to the Russians, is Turkey. In 2015, a mere 1% of respondents thought so, but this year, 29% of respondents support this point of view.

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This year, 10% of respondents consider Syria to be a friendly country, while in 2015 a mere 2% said that.

The majority of Russians polled still have a negative attitude to the U.S. (70%) and the EU (62%). Only 24% of the respondents are in favor of Russian membership in the EU. In August 2009, this idea was supported by 53% of the pollees.

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