“Some people are already tired of this topic”
The share of Russians who believe the enemies of the USA and Ukraine for the year fell sharply, according to “Vedomosti”, citing data of the survey “Levada-center”. According to the survey, in General, the three main “enemies” of Russia remains the United States, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. However, if the early enemies of the United States and the Ukraine are considered 78% and 49%, now 67% and 40%.
According to the Director “Levada-center” Lev Gudkov, the Ukraine is currently not active hostilities, has increased hopes for the new President Vladimir Zelensky and to restart relations, therefore, the negativity decreased. “There is hope for improved relations with [U.S. President] Donald trump, including the fact that people are tired of the status of mobilization and a sense of threat of the war — they want normalization and hope that the current confrontation will descend on the brakes.” In addition, last summer the hostility to the US has sharply decreased due to the pension reform, adds Gudkov: “the Logic of the Russians towards the authorities is this: you climb to the pocket, you don’t have enough money on the war in Syria, the rearmament of the army, you have to solve their geopolitical problems at our expense — and this causes resentment”.
The negative attitude towards the US and Ukraine has decreased, because of decreased people’s interest in geopolitics — they are more concerned with prices and wages, and not something that happens in the world, said political analyst Alexei Makarkin. “Transfer of interest on political themes led to the fact that the ratio of “traditional enemies” became softer. They still don’t like, but some people are already tired of this topic,” he says.
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