MOSCOW, February 25 (RIA Novosti) – The proportion of Russians who are positive about Russian-US relations has fallen from 53 percent to 39 percent since last fall, according to an opinion poll by the state-run All-Russian Center for Public Opinion Study (VTsIOM).
According to the survey, 55 percent of Russian nationals perceive the United States positively, a 2 percent rise. Thirty percent are negative about the United States, a 2 percent drop from the fall of 2012.
Those positive about the United States are mainly supporters of Russia’s ruling party United Russia (61 percent), young people (62 percent) and residents of large cities (66 percent). Those who perceived the United States negatively were mainly supporters of the Communist Party (42 percent), the elderly (42 percent), as well as residents of Russia’s two largest cities Moscow and St. Petersburg (40 percent).
The share of those negatively assessing bilateral relations has risen from 42 percent to 56 percent.
When asked what distances the two countries from each other, 10 percent of respondents named the United States’ “aggressive foreign policy,” and nine percent said its was a difference in political views. Six percent cited the struggle for global dominance.
Among factors bringing Russia and the United States closer, 9 percent cited economic and trade relations, while 5 percent noted the fact that many Russians live in the United States. Eight percent said nothing brings the countries together, while 60 percent were unable to name any factor.
The poll was conducted on February 9-10 among 1,600 people in 138 cities, towns and villages in 46 Russian regions. The statistical margin of error did not exceed 3.4 percent.
Relations between the two countries have deteriorated in recent months due to the United States imposition of the so-called Magnitsky Act, and Russian retaliatory measures including a ban on Americans adopting Russian children, and continuing differences over the war in Syria.