47% of Russians see their country as internationally isolated
On March 17, Dmitry Kiselyov said on Russian national TV that Russia is the only country that can turn the USA into radioactive dust
The latest Levada Centre survey of Russian public opinion shows that Russians’ attitude to the USA, EU and to Ukraine has plummeted over the years that Vladimir Putin has openly, or indirectly, ruled the country.
If in Dec 1999, when the then President Boris Yeltsin resigned and Putin took over, 70% viewed the USA positively, in Nov 2014 74% viewed it in a negative light, and under 20% - in a positive. There has been a particularly sharp fall this year: in early January 43% had a very good [2%] or basically good attitude [ 44%]; in Nov the figures were 1% and 17% respectively. Those with a bad or very bad attitude have increased from 44% in January to 74% in November.
The same long-term and short-term dynamics are seen in Russian attitudes to the EU. In Jan 2014, 51% were positive, 34% negative. In Nov 2014, 26% were positive and 66% negative.
In Jan 2014, 66% had a positive attitude to Ukraine; 26% were negative. In November 28% were positive, 59% negative (40% basically and 19% extremely negative.
By contrast those with a positive attitude to Belarus have slightly increased, and the number now stands at 87%.
14% are sure that Russia is in international isolation, while 33% say that this is most likely the case. 33% believe this is probably not the case, and 13% are adamant that it is not. Of those who think Russia is isolated, 63% are concerned, 35% are not (with 9% saying they are definitely not concerned).
The survey was carried out from Nov 21-24.