Not a Typo: Republicans and Democrats Largely Agree About the Threats Posed by Russia
Updated: Feb 14, 2022
A new Pew survey has found that Republicans and Democrats are mostly in agreement about the threats posed by Russia.
According to Pew, 50% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents consider Russia to be a competitor of the U.S., while 39% view it as an enemy. Similarly, 49% of Democrats and Democratic leaners view Russia as a competitor and 43% view it as an enemy. Neither party considers Russia to be a partner of the U.S., with only 9% of Republicans and 6% of Democrats believing so.
Overall, 49% of Americans regard Russia as a competitor, 41% view it as an enemy, and just 7% consider it to be a partner.
Russia’s increased military presence along its border with Ukraine and the threat it poses to the U.S. also concerns both Republicans and Democrats, similar shares consider the presence a major threat (27% vs. 26%) or at least a minor threat (36% vs. 33%) to American interests.
It’s all relative:
According to Pew, the likelihood of Americans viewing Russia as an enemy increased when respondents had heard at least “a little” about the military buildup. At the time of the survey, only 23% of Americans said they had heard a lot about it, while 45% had heard a little and 32% had heard nothing at all.
About a week after the Pew survey came out, a YouGov poll found Americans “overwhelmingly oppose” going to war with Russia, with 56% of U.S. adults saying it’s a bad idea and just 12% saying it’s a good idea.