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No Russian Reset


Gallup was in the field in early February asking Americans their views about Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Neither assessment was positive. Unfavorable views of Russia were the highest since Gallup began asking this question in 1994. Sixty percent of the American respondents had an unfavorable view of Russia, while only 34 percent had a favorable view. In a poll Gallup conducted last fall, more people said they considered Russia an enemy than an ally. This was the first time in 14 years of asking the question that the “enemy” response dominated. In the poll, 63 percent of adults surveyed had an unfavorable opinion of Putin. It is too early to say whether the Olympic Games have changed these impressions, but it is unlikely given the strength of negative views.