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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poll on U.S. Relations

MOSCOW -- One third of Russians (33 percent) said relations with the United States over the past year took a turn for the worse as shown in the results of a poll carried among 1,500 urban and rural Russians.

The Obshchestvennoye Mneniye, or Public Opinion, fund on Jan. 23 said a little over one third (37 percent) feel that U.S.-Russian relations remained unchanged, and 12 percent believe they became better over the year.

Closer contacts with the United States are favored primarily by regional urbanites (70 percent), people with higher education and citizens under 35 (69 percent), and supporters of Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov (76 percent). Those who disapprove of better relations with the United States are more often than not supporters of Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov (29 percent).