Only 1 Percent Of Russians Approve Of American Leadership

Josh Hamburger Contributor
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Russia really doesn’t like United States leadership. Just one percent of Russians approve of those running the country, the lowest mark ever recorded.

The extremely low results come from a Gallup Poll published Thursday, using data collected in 2015, which shows a steady decline in approval since 2010. The Russian disapproval rate shot up to 89 percent, jumping nearly 50 points since 2013.

The Ukrainian crisis, which led to tense relations between the U.S. and Russia, has played a major role in this severe disapproval. During this time, Russia annexed Crimea, causing the U.S. to levy sanctions against the world’s largest country by area. An April poll also shows that Russians feel threatened by the U.S. more so than any other country.

Russian approval reached a record high in 2010 with just over 20 percent of people supporting the U.S. leadership, but nearly 30 percent disapproved of the job. There has not been any moment where approval surpassed disapproval rates since earliest recorded numbers in 2007.

Russia’s opinion is well outside the mainstream. American leadership enjoys a stable 45 percent approval rate around the globe, with a 28 percent disapproval rate. Those numbers have been relatively stable since 2009. The remainder of people either do not know about the leadership or have no opinion.

Overall, Africa provides the highest approval rate at 59 percent, but this number marks the lowest number since 2007. It is more than a 20 percent decline from 2010. Egypt, in particular, does not care for the current leadership, with 10 percent approving.

Europe and the Americas have both raised their U.S. approval since 2013, but Asia has shown a slight decline over that same time period. President Barack Obama is currently touring the region, visiting Vietnam and Japan.

Kosovo gave the U.S. an 85 percent approval rating, the highest recorded.

A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll found that 51 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job as president, the first time that he’s broken the majority barrier since early 2013.