It has also, for the second time since February 2015, become America’s “greatest enemy.” But if the percentage of Americans saying that was 18% back then, now it is at 32%.
Relative to average Russia disapproval of 73%, this reaches 80% amongst Democrats, 84% amongst liberals, and 84 amongst college graduates.
So basically there was a major shift around the 2016, when Democrats started becoming much worse disposed towards Russia, while Republican attitudes – especially young Republican attitudes – improved.
Since then, that pattern has remained.
However, the overall view of Russia has continued sliding down inexorably.
This limits the scope for any “reset” in relations, as the climate of public opinion makes any such attempts unfeasible. For instance, when the US Treasury removed sanctions on Rusal – after Deripaska had fulfilled the terms for doing so, but also in large part to halt the turmoil in the global aluminium production chain – the Dems tried to derail the decision. And a couple of weeks ago Graham and Menendez reintroduced a wide-ranging sanctions bill that failed to pass last year that would label Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Cold War II is here for the long haul.