Poll: Most Americans say Russia is ‘enemy’ or ‘unfriendly’ to US
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A growing number of polled Americans perceive Russia as either unfriendly or as an enemy of the United States in a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll.

According to results from the poll released on Wednesday, 43 percent of respondents consider Russia to be unfriendly and 25 percent called the nation an enemy, a jump from the poll’s July 2017 results.

Forty-seven percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning respondents polled said they view Russia to be the country’s greatest immediate threat, while just 10 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters said the same. 


Eighty-one percent of Democratic respondents said that they perceive Russia to be unfriendly or an enemy to the United States, while 61 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning respondents said they feel the same.

Twenty-four percent of respondents who said they were Independents said they considered Russia to be the country’s greatest threat and 64 percent said they considered Russia to be unfriendly or an enemy to the United States.

The poll was taken before President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. Trump has come under enormous criticism for his remarks at a press conference with Putin, at which he appeared to doubt U.S. intelligence findings that Russia meddled in the 2016 election and accept Putin's denial.

The poll’s results also signaled a growing fear of cyberattacks among Americans, with 45 percent saying they consider cyberattacks as the country's greatest threat. Nine months ago, 31 percent of Americans said the same. 

The poll also found that there was a decreasing fear of outright war, with 59 percent of Americans answering that they are "very worried" or "somewhat worried" that the country will enter in a major war in the next four years. That number is down 13 percentage points from nine months ago. 

The poll was conducted from July 9-15 and sampled 5,314 adults nationwide. The results have an error estimate of plus or minus 1.8 percentage points.