Press release №1974
13.07.2017
RUSSIA - U.S.A.: A LANDMARK MEETING?

IN BRIEF

  • The US-Russia relations Index went up to -52 p.
  • 48% of Russians hope that Russia-US relations will get stronger after the meeting of the leaders
  • only 2% expect deterioration
  • 27% of Russians treat U.S. President Donald Trump positively
  • 22% - negatively

After the meeting between the American president and the Russian president the attitudes of Russians towards D. Trump and the United States improved, according to the recent VCIOM-Sputnik survey data.

MOSCOW, July 13, 2017. The Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the results of a survey devoted to the study of Russia-U.S. relations and the recent meeting of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.

The first meeting of the American president and the Russian president (that was held on July 7 in the framework of the G20 Summit) is considered as landmark on a national scale: 89% of Russians are aware of that meeting. The topics Russians remember most (among those who heard about the meeting) are situation in Syria and in Ukraine, bilateral cooperation issues, and fight against terrorism.  

Almost half of Russians (48%) expect that the face-to-face talk between D. Trump and V. Putin will be beneficial for Russia; only 1% expect negative effects. Forty-eight percent of Russians forecast improvements in bilateral relations; 2% - deterioration; 41% think no changes will happen.

After the meeting of the Russian and American presidents, respondents give higher ratings to bilateral relations than it was several months ago: the index increased from -68 to -52 p. in April; however, negative assessments still prevail.  About one-third of Russians (32% in each group) mention tensions and coolness; only 3-4% think the relationships are good-neighborly and friendly.  

More Russians express liking personally towards American president: the share of positive opinions reached 27% in July (from 13% in April); at the same time, the percentage of negative opinions decreased to 22% (from 39%); 40% are indifferent.  

*Russia-US relations Index shows how Russians assess the state of bilateral relations. Index is based on the question “How would you generally assess the current state of Russia-US relations?” Index is calculated as the difference of positive opinions (“normal”, “calm”, “good, “good-neighborly”, “friendly”) and negative opinions (“cool”, “tense”, “hostile”). Index is measured in points and can vary between -100 and 100. The higher the value of Index is, the better Russians assess the bilateral relations.

The VCIOM-Sputnik Russian nationwide survey was conducted on July 9-10, 2017. The survey involved 1,200 Russians aged 18 and over, and was carried out using stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of landline and mobile phone numbers operating in Russia. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 3.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

Results for the 2005-2016 studies are based on household surveys. 

Vladimir Putin has recently had a meeting with Donald Trump. Have you personally heard about this meeting/ do you hear for the first time about it? (closed-ended question, one answer, %)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-59 60 and over
I am well aware of that 22 5 10 23 32 28
I heard something but I do not know any details 67 73 71 69 62 65
This is the first time I hear about that 10 21 19 8 6 6
Don’t know 1 1 0 0 0
What questions and problems were discussed by Putin and Trump during their meeting?  (open-ended question, not more than 5 answers, % of those who heard about the meeting)
  Total respondents
Situation in Syria 33
Situation in Ukraine 24
Relations between Russia and the U.S. 13
Combating terrorism, ISIL 7
US sanctions against Russia 6
Russian hackers 5
Russian interference with US elections 4
North Korea 4
Trade and economic relations 3
Environment 2
Arms race 2
Military questions 2
Migration problems 1
Situation in the Middle East 1
General questions 1
Europe 1
Other 1
Don’t know 52 
In your opinion, will this meeting have more positive/negative impacts/no impact on Russia?  (closed-ended question, one answer, %)
  Total respondents
Positive impacts on Russia 48
Negative  impacts on Russia 1
No any impact 38
Don’t know 13 
In your opinion, how will the meeting between Putin and Trump affect the Russia-US relations? (closed-ended question, one answer, %)
  Total respondents
Relations will considerably improve  8
Relations will slightly improve  40
No changes 41
Relations will slightly deteriorate 2
Relations will considerably deteriorate 0
Don’t know 9  
How would you generally assess the current state of Russia-US relations?* (closed-ended question, one answer, %)
  05 II.8 VI.08 IX.08 09 10 11 12 II.13 VIII.13 XI.14 X.16 III.17 IV.17 VII.17
Tense   8 12 12 37 13 5 10 14 17 19 49 46 33 42 32
Cool   22 26 27 29 26 17 24 26 35 31 21 18 30 28 32
Normal, calm   38 36 41 14 37 46 42 38 31 32 1 4 17 9 15
Hostile   4 3 2 11 2 1 2 2 4 3 20 24 8 12 10
Friendly   9 4 5 2 5 7 6 5 3 4 5 1 4 3 4
Good, good-neighborly   12 7 8 2 9 16 12 10 5 6 1 1 5 2 3
Don’t know 7 12 5 5 8 8 4 5 5 5 3 6 3 4 4
Index 25 6 13 -59 10 46 24 11 -17 -11 -83 -82 -45 -68 -52

* Before July 2017, the question was as follows: “How would you assess the current relations between Russia and the U.S.A?”

How do you treat the President Donald Trump?  (closed-ended question, one answer, %)
  III.2017 IV.2017 VII.2017
Rather positively 38 13 27
Indifferently 45 38 40
Rather negatively 7 39 22
Don’t know 10 10 11 
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