Since 2014, The Percentage Of Republicans Who View Russia As An Ally Has Soared
President Donald Trump’s friendly stance toward Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be bleeding into the American ethos, as more voters now say they view Russia as an ally — especially Republicans.
According to The Washington Post, in 2014 — prior to Trump’s foray into politics — just 26 percent of Americans and 22 percent of Republicans told Gallup they viewed Russia as an “ally” or “friendly, but not an ally.”
Earlier this month, that same question garnered different results: 31 percent of Americans overall said they see Russia as an “ally” or “friendly, but not an ally,” and Republicans saying the same made a 14-point jump to 40 percent.
CBS News polling found a similar trend but with a more dramatic increase, The Post reported: “In February 2015, their poll asked the same question found 38 percent of adults saying that Russia was an ‘ally’ or ‘friendly, but not an ally,’ along with 32 percent of Americans.”
Polling conducted earlier this week “found a five-point rise among adults overall and a far larger 27 point increase among Republicans to 59 percent saying Russia was either an ally or friendly.”
Overall views on Russia and Putin remain predominantly negative, The Post noted, but favorability — particularly among Republicans — appears to be on the rise.
Trump again expressed hope for a future friendship with Putin this week at the NATO summit, saying, He’s not my enemy. And hopefully, someday, maybe he’ll be a friend. It could happen.”