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Attitude towards the US

Russians’ attitudes toward the United States have not changed in recent months. 40% of Russians feel good about America, as they did in January 2021. 42% of Russians have a bad attitude toward the U.S. – in January 2021 this figure was 43%, a change within statistical error.

Younger groups of Russians feel the best about the U.S.: 65% in the 18-24 year old group and 51% in the 25-39 year old group. The older groups’ attitude is the worst: 55% in the 55+ group have a bad attitude towards the U.S.

72% of respondents who prefer telegram channels as their primary sources of information feel good about the United States, only 20% feel bad. For readers of social media, these figures are 59% and 24%, respectively, for readers of online media and publications 58% and 28%.

TV viewers and radio listeners have the worst attitude toward the U.S.: 53% and 52%, respectively, have a bad attitude.

Attitude towards Joe Biden’s words about Putin.

One-third of Russians (33%) were outraged by the U.S. president’s words about Vladimir Putin. Another 34% did not have any special feelings about this statement. 23% were puzzled by this statement, 5% said Biden and 3% said they were pleased with it.

In an interview, U.S. President Joe Biden called Vladimir Putin a murderer. How does this make you feel?

We can note the difference of reactions in different age groups: Biden’s words angered 52% of Russians in the group of 55 and older and 35% in the group of 40-54 years old. Younger groups of citizens were much more indifferent to the incident: 50% in the 18-24 year old group and 49% in the 25-39 year old group “did not experience any special feelings”.

Television viewers and radio listeners were mostly outraged by the statement of the American president – 48% each. Readers of new media were indifferent to the incident: 41% of Internet readers, 45% of social network readers, and 47% of telegram-channel readers “didn’t have to experience any special feelings”. 18% of the readers of telegram channels had an “understanding” attitude toward the incident.

This survey was conducted March 25 – 31, 2021, among a representative sample of all Russian urban and rural residents. The sample was comprised of 1623 people aged 18 or older in 137 municipalities of 50 regions of the Russian Federation. The survey was conducted as a personal interview in respondents’ homes. The answer distribution is presented as percentages of the total number of participants along with data from previous surveys.

The statistical error of these studies for a sample of 1600 people (with a probability of 0.95) does not exceed:

3.4% for indicators around 50%

2.9% for indicators around 25%/75%

2.0% for indicators around 10%/90%

1.5% for indicators around 5%/95%

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