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For Many Americans, Russia's Election Interference Was the Last Straw

Six months of unfurling allegations that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 US presidential election has not endeared Americans to Russia. The 2017 Chicago Council Survey found that views of Russia have gone from bad to worse. A majority of Americans would now prefer the US work to contain Russia rather than engage in friendly cooperation (53% contain, 43% engage), a reversal from last year (39% contain, 58% cooperate). In another change, for the first time a majority of Americans support the use of US troops in defense of Baltic NATO allies should Russia invade (52%). And views of Vladimir Putin? He has an 18 percent favorability rating.

Read the full survey brief here, and check out the topline results for party breakdowns.   

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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs highlights critical shifts in American public thinking on US foreign policy through public opinion surveys and research conducted under the Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy. 

The annual Chicago Council Survey, first conducted in 1974, is a valuable resource for policymakers, academics, media, and the general public. The Council also surveys American leaders in government, business, academia, think tanks, and religious organizations biennially to compare trends in their thinking with overall trends. And collaborating with partner organizations, the survey team periodically conducts parallel surveys of public opinion in other regions of the world to compare with US public opinion. 

The Running Numbers blog features regular commentary and analysis from the Council’s public opinion and US foreign policy research team, including a series of flash polls of a select group of foreign policy experts to assess their opinions on critical foreign policy topics driving the news.

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