The results are in, and American goodwill towards Russia has ebbed to a 15 year low, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday. Fifty percent of Americans say Russia is “unfriendly” to American interests at best and downright hostile at worst, a notable decline from the highpoint in relations in 2006, when 73% of Americans viewed Russia as an ally.
Disapproval rates jumped even higher when Americans were asked for their opinion of Putin (54% unfavorable), or Putin’s decision to grant asylum to Edward Snowden (64% disapprove), or Russia’s crackdown on whatever speech and actions it defines as homosexual “propaganda” (69% disapprove). The one bright spot in the survey is Putin’s diplomatic move to disarm Syria, which Americans resoundingly endorsed by 72%. Not that it has changed the poll’s “bottom line”: Americans have soured on Putin, “and this mirrored Americans’ opinions toward the nation he leads.”