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Russia No. 1 in Anti-Americanism?

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Today The Moscow Times published an interesting article entitled Why Russia Is No. 1 in Anti-Americanism. The article summarizes the results of a recent Gallup International poll where approximately 70,000 residents in 65 countries were asked "Who is the greatest threat to world peace?" 24% of worldwide respondents answered "America", but Russia exceeded the global response by more than double, with 54% of Russians choosing America.

Conversely, only 2% of Americans in the Gallup poll think Russia is a threat to global peace. I've mentioned before that Russia doesn't dominate American news, nor do most Americans spend any time thinking about the country at all. A rare exception recently due to the Olympic Games being held in the country. I don't know how powerful state controlled propaganda is in Russia because my knowledge of the language isn't proficient enough to watch these broadcasts. Honestly, a lot of faith and reliance should not be placed on such polls because they are always skewed in some manner. Russian bloggers like fritzmorgen, a master at statistics and anti-Western data, could probably search the Internet and find polls which say the opposite - that Americans don't trust Russia, etc. The article also indicates that another Gallup poll asked Russians the following question: "If there were no barriers to living in any country in the world, which country would you live in?" The number one answer amongst Russians? "America." Thus, the two polls seem diametrically opposed.

If you have time, take a look at the article. It's worth a read. Pleasant weekend to all! Next week we'll continue with more stories from Tennessee.

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yacc11
Jan. 24th, 2014 03:09 pm (UTC)
US Army is controlled by the Goverment. As I can see many of Americans does not like Goverment as well :)
peacetraveler22
Jan. 24th, 2014 03:35 pm (UTC)
Absolutely, a lot of Americans don't agree with the nation's foreign policy. There are serious issues to tackle at home, and the belief among many is that our resources should be dedicated here not abroad. And you help Oleg find all these crazy articles and videos from America? :))
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___tais
Jan. 24th, 2014 03:21 pm (UTC)
Hi!
I live in Russia and I think, that USA is the greatest threat to world peace. It is my opinion. I do not watch TV. But I think that Americans politics is very aggressive. I tell about Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 24th, 2014 03:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, my country is very aggressive in world politics. And where do you get most of your news from? Online sources?
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orangetreedizzy
Jan. 24th, 2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
What the hell do you read The Moscow Time?
You'd better read comics - there are much more pics...))))
peacetraveler22
Jan. 24th, 2014 03:32 pm (UTC)
I don't read it. I saw this article posted on Michael McFaul's Facebook page, and that's how I found it. Mostly I read Lenta.ru or Echo of Moscow. The latter because they published one of my posts. :)
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new_forester
Jan. 24th, 2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
America became the world's only "cop", for better or for worse. So, naturally, people don't like cops, because they tend to show up and issue tickets. But - whom do people call when there is trouble? Right - the cops. So, there is no contradiction in the poll results.
qi_tronic
Jan. 24th, 2014 03:55 pm (UTC)
The concept of sovereign nations imply that there are no world cops.
Every nation can live in a way they choose until they attack others.
So are principles of the UN.
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nar_row
Jan. 24th, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
The author think about this opinion as a result of anti-american campaign. Yes, there's some anti-amercanism inspirated by Kremlin (I would say, almost all of it is nothing more than words). But if some of viewpoints of Russian citizens are stupid (and I think some of them are), does it mean, that it has not been generated by something real? I don't think so. After all, "24 percent of respondents worldwide" had not been propagandized by Kremlin. :) And I don't think, that respondents in the first and second poll were the same, so I don't see something strange in this result.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 24th, 2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, different respondents in the polls. And, it's no surprise 1/4 of respondents answered America. We're the bully of the world, in both good and bad ways.
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amtex
Jan. 24th, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
Putin's anti-Americanism comes from his believes that America is the only real threat to his way of power, the way he, and his apparent followers, will control the power in Russia and safeguard his personal future once or if he retires. This is the future of a person who did so much harm and damage to Russian people, to its moral benchmarks and the country itself. He turned Russia's moral standards to the once of people of cage ages where they are in fight all the time and consider everything around them hostile to them. He truly believes that honesty, integrity and people's power are irrelevant and unnecessary matter of politics; he thinks that American or in general West politicians who believes in those values are either idiots or hypocritical just like himself. Also he has so much ambitious and is full of impudence to think that he can spread his type of values around the world.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 24th, 2014 05:54 pm (UTC)
Are we the only threat? I'm not sure? And which country comes in second place on Putin's threat radar?
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general_denikin
Jan. 24th, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
Once again we can see Russia is the country populated with the people who fails to use their own brains, who hates the freedom and civil rights . They, russians, prefer to rely on their government advices and orders much more than on the rule of law and human dignity. I'm utterly disgusted how russians treat their neighbors ukranians who tried to relieve themselves from oppression of the thievish power the clique of president Yanukovich.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 24th, 2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
Well, some Russians use their brains but not all. Same as in America. :) The rule of law definitely is not as well respected there as in America, but some people think this is a good thing. Why? Because it makes Russia the most free society in the world. You can do whatever you wish, with little consequence for your actions.
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maxreiher
Jan. 24th, 2014 03:48 pm (UTC)
"greatest threat to world peace"...

please... what's kind of world do you mean? :-)
peacetraveler22
Jan. 24th, 2014 06:09 pm (UTC)
I did not create this poll. :)
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qi_tronic
Jan. 24th, 2014 04:02 pm (UTC)
The short answer: "Because it's true" :)

BTW I remember that there was a period when Russians were very positive towards America.
It's was just after Gorbachev and Reagan ended the Cold War.
Everybody were tired of this war.

But then more and more evidence started to emerge that America thinks that they sort of have won that war (not just peacefully ended it by mutual agreement).
When Clinton attacked Yugoslavia to cover his affairs with Monica the attidude in Russia radically changed.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 24th, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
Seriously, you think Clinton attacked Yugoslavia to distract from his Oval Office blowjobs? :) I don't think any world leader is that vain or selfish. Was there a friendlier time between our nations than in the Gorbachev/Reagan years? I don't think so. They achieved remarkable things.
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a_nimaida
Jan. 24th, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
все всё по фиг, в самом деле)
peacetraveler22
Jan. 24th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
Something is wrong with the translation, I can understand the comment. Sorry. :(
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anonymus
Jan. 24th, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
You simply misunderstand russian people. "Greatest threat" for us means "the Best". Having the largest army, the biggest power, the most courageous and strong. It`s a compliment for you :)
peacetraveler22
Jan. 24th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
It would not be the first time I misunderstand Russians, or Russian logic. Common occurrence here in this blog. :)
yarowind
Jan. 24th, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
>>Russia No. 1 in Anti-Americanism?

Really even in Syria and Iran is more like the U.S. :)
peacetraveler22
Jan. 24th, 2014 06:01 pm (UTC)
I wonder if you would visit Iran? Have you ever been to the Middle East region?
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peacetraveler22
Jan. 24th, 2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
Russian English?
notabler
Jan. 24th, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
http://www.gazeta.ru/comments/column/novoprudsky/5863193.shtml This article trying to explain why Russians are so over saturated with hatred. It is all over in the air. Have you try to compare comments in US and Russian web-sites? I did - with UK sources. The difference is terrific. They pour out their hatred even in case of somebody's death. So no wonder that US is kind of valve where they can pour out hatred and jealousy (most of them would be happy to move to US). It's a result of recent situation and policy in the country, heavy Gebbels-style propaganda.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 24th, 2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes! The Russian blogosphere is an entirely different beast compared to American forums. :) This I quickly learned after my first successful post here, which became infected with Anti-American trolls. The ability to use tact and respectfully disagree with others is sometimes absent in Russian forums. However, for the most part my readers behave. :)
sergechel
Jan. 24th, 2014 04:48 pm (UTC)
Anti-americanism is an old-time soviet tradition, totally refreshed by Putin. it is easy to explain every fail by pointing on "evil" America and "gay" Europe.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 24th, 2014 04:50 pm (UTC)
But America also is very "gay." :)) So, we are a double threat (political AND moral).
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