By Jim Emerson, staff writer
The Telegraph (1) reported from an independent pollster the Levada Center survey that nearly a third, 31 percent, of Russians fear an invasion by the United States. The Moscow Times (2) citing the same survey reported that 59 percent of Russians believe that the United States and NATO pose a threat to the homeland. Amid the tensions arising from the Ukrainian crisis this is a 12 percent increase from a previous survey conducted in 2007. This poll is an indication of heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow that haven’t been seen since the Cold War.
The poll was conducted last April interviewing 1,600 adults across 46 regions of the country. Other poll results indicate that 48 % of Russians are concerned that the United States would interfere with any Russian efforts to modernize. Forty percent feared that America is trying to take control and destroy the Russian economy, hardly likely given the amount of time spent by Obama and his acolytes on the destruction of the American economy. Thirty six percent are wary of the forced imposition of U.S. values and ideals. It seems these people must be watching the exported version of Modern Family.
Russian State television constantly and deliberately frightens its viewers with the thought that the U.S. and NATO are intent upon destroying and occupying the country. This has evolved from the Russian doctrine identifying NATO expansion among key external risks that led to the Ukrainian Crisis. Russian culture is distrustful of Western strategic designs that go back to the Crimean War and 160 years of fighting in successive wars for national survival. Given the poll results, on average, Russians may be more aware of their history than Americans are of their own.
When asked about a hypothetical war with the United States, 52 percent believe that there will be no winners and 33 percent believe that Russia would win. Only five percent believe that America and NATO would win. Who knew that Obama had supporters in Russia? Must be the same people that donated to the Clinton Global Initiative.