Americans Believe Russia Is Much More Dangerous Than China and North Korea
NEW YORK - February 28, 2019
Russia, in the eyes of a third of Americans, is the US’s main enemy; more than 50% are confident in the existence of a “critical threat” from Moscow. Since last year, the number of Americans who consider Russia to be their main enemy has increased 1.5 times.
According to the results of a public opinion poll conducted by Gallup from February 1 to 10, 52% of respondents said that Russia represents a critical threat to the US, and another 39% said it is important but not critical. The survey results are published on the company's website.
If we divide the respondents by political preference, then 65% of supporters of the Democratic Party and only 46% of the Republican supporters saw a critical threat from Russia.
A telephone survey was conducted from February 1 to 10 with 1,016 US residents over the age of 18 years. Sociologists estimated the error of ± 4% with a 95% probability.
Respondents were also asked to name the country they consider to be the main enemy of the United States. The most popular answer was Russia. It was chosen by 32% of participants. China is next (21%). North Korea, which was in the lead last year with an indicator of 51% is now considered the main enemy of only 14% of Americans. Only 19% chose Russia a year earlier.
2% of respondents said that the United States itself is the main enemy of the United States. Compared to last year, the share has not changed.
This is not the first time Moscow has topped the list of the main enemies - it also happened in 2015, but then only 15% of respondents viewed Russia that way. In May 2017, according to a Fox News poll, 64% of respondents put Russia in first place on the list of the US enemies. According to the “Military Times,” in October 2018, 71% of US military personnel called Russia the main enemy of their country (18% more than in 2018). According to The Economist and YouGov, in 2018, Russia was in the penultimate place among countries that Americans considered being allies or friendly states. About a third of Americans consider Russia to be an enemy rather than a friend to the United States; another 31% of American citizens called Russia's policies unfriendly.