New poll data released by Gallup reveals that 52% of Americans view Russia’s military might as a significant threat to the United States. Further, nearly a third of Americans view Russia as its chief enemy. However, Americans overall view Russia unfavorably.
According to the poll data, the majority of Americans hold a strong distaste for Russia, nearly 73% view the former Soviet nation in a negative light, also, over the last year, many Americans are beginning to consider Russia as the United States’ chief threat.
By the numbers, Russia has displaced North Korea as the United States’ primary rival. Concerns over Russia swelled from 19% in 2018 to 32% today. Meanwhile, mentions of North Korea plummeted from 51% in 2018 to 14% today after President Trump opened dialogue with the Communist regime.
According to Americans in 2019 the following is a list of countries viewed as the United States’ greatest threats; Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, United States itself, Afghanistan, Iraq, Middle East (non-specific), Mexico, and Syria.
As recently as 2016 there was no difference between political parties in mentions of Russia as the top enemy. However, as federal investigations into Russia’s possible involvement with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign have revealed Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election, views have grown more partisan. Nearly half of Democrats (46%) versus 14% of Republicans now view Russia as the country’s top enemy.
The distance between the two Nations is only growing as more information becomes available about Russia’s attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election. Further, in February 2019, Russia named which US military installations it would first seek to target should Russia launch nuclear strikes on the United States.