Poll: Americans view Russia as less of a threat

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After dropping to a new low in 2015, Americans' view of Russia has improved slightly this year, according to a new Gallup poll.

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Thirty percent of respondents report having a favorable impression of Russia, compared to 65 percent who view the country unfavorably.

In 2015, only 24 percent of respondents said they had a positive view of Russia amid aggression in Ukraine and interventions in the Middle East in definance of U.S. policy.

Young Americans have the most favorable impression of Russia, with 43 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 29 giving the country a positive rating.

Those aged 55 and older have the most negative view of the former Cold War foe, with just a 21 percent favorability rating in that demographic.

Thirty-nine percent of Americans said Russia poses a critical threat to the U.S., down 10 points from the previous year.

The Gallup poll surveyed 1,021 adults by telephone from Feb. 3–7 and has a margin of error of 4 percent.

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