MAJORITY OF RUSSIANS THINK U.S. HOSTILE, ONLY 5% CONSIDER IT SUPERPOWER
Over half of Russians consider the U.S. a country hostile towards Russia (52%),
although every third Russian believes that the U.S. is a friendly country (32%). These
figures were released by the Public Opinion Foundation on Thursday as the results of a
nation-wide poll of 1,500 respondents conducted February 17. The respondents were asked
the following open-ended question: "When you hear the words the United States
of America, what comes to mind?" Most respondents (26%) said their first
associations were those of a developed economy and a high standard of living. Many fewer
mentioned the role the U.S. plays in the world: 5% of those polled called the U.S. a
"superpower" and another 5% "an international gendarme" that wants to
"get the entire world under its control." Another 16% revealed even more
negative associations. Those respondents said they saw the U.S. as "Russia's
enemy," a country where "psychologically primitive" "zombies"
lived. Among the most frequently named associations named by this group of respondents
were the words "illiterate," "chronic absence of culture," "drug
abuse, sex," "crime," "organized crime," "shooting,
killings, rape." Twenty percent of those polled said they were well disposed towards
the U.S. and respected the country, and some even said they admired it. This group of
respondents associate the U.S. with "true democracy," "freedom,"
"observance of human rights," "respect for people." It is a state
whose citizens "have confidence in tomorrow" and where "law and order"
prevail. It is a country of great possibilities," "an example for
everyone," "a dream country" in which "one would like to live,"
they said, according to Interfax.