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Russians and Americans on the Iran Nuclear Program and Perceptions of Russia, the U.S., and China

-A WorldPublicOpinion.org/

Levada Center Poll-

May 31, 2006

Program on International

Policy Attitudes (PIPA)

A joint program of the Center on Policy

Attitudes and the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland

Levada Center


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Parallel Surveys of Russians and Americans Perceptions of Russia, the U.S., and China

Russian Poll

Conducted by the Levada Center April 14-24

National probability sample of 1,000 respondents interviewed face-to-face

American Poll

Conducted April 18-24 for WorldPublicOpinion.org by Knowledge Networks

An online survey of 1,023 respondents drawn from Knowledge Networks probability-based sample

Margin of Error +/- 3-4 percentage points


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Should the UN Discourage Countries from Acquiring Nuclear Weapons?

As a general rule, do you think the United Nations should or should not actively work to discourage countries from acquiring nuclear weapons?

Should

87%

Americans

Russians

79%

Should not

8%

Am.

Rus.

10%

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Is Iran Trying to Develop Nuclear Weapons? Weapons?

Do you think Iran is or is not trying to develop nuclear weapons?

Is trying to develop nuclear weapons

84%

Americans

68%

Russians

Is not trying to develop nuclear weapons

9%

Am.

12%

Rus.

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Concern About Iran’s Potential Efforts to Develop Nuclear Weapons

If Iran were to develop nuclear weapons, how much would that concern you?

Very much/somewhat

85%

Americans

64

21

63%

Russians

29

34

Not at all/a little

12%

Americans

4

8

31%

Russians

13

18

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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How Should the US Respond if Iran Continues to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

If Iran continues to produce nuclear fuel that could be developed for use in nuclear weapons, do you think that the US should:

Bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities

24%

Americans

7%

Ru

Pursue a diplomatic approach

70%

Americans

Russians

79%

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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How Should the UN Security Council Respond if Iran Continues to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

If Iran continues to produce nuclear fuel that could be developed for use in nuclear weapons, do you think the UN Security Council should:

Vote to impose economic sanctions against Iran if it persists

68%

Americans

Russians

26%

Continue diplomatic negotiations with Iran

23%

Americans

62%

Russians

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Putin’s Efforts to Negotiate a Nuclear Deal with Iran to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

As you may know, Russia’s President Putin has been trying to negotiate a deal whereby Russia would provide fuel for Iran’s nuclear energy program if Iran would agree not to produce nuclear fuel that could be developed for use in nuclear weapons. Do you approve or disapprove of Russia trying to negotiate this deal?

Approve

44%

Americans

Russians

46%

Disapprove

49%

Americans

30%

Russians

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Russians on US Foreign Policy to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

Is the US having a mainly positive or mainly negative influence on the world?

25%

Positive

61%

Negative

Over the last few years, do you think the effect of US foreign policy on Russia and its interests has been

22%

Positive

56%

Negative

Please tell me your opinion of…how America uses military power and the threat of force

13%

Fav.

74%

Unfavorable

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Russians on US Economy and Government to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

Please tell me your opinion of America’s…

Economic system

73%

Favorable

Unfav.

13%

System of government

54%

Favorable

27%

Unfavorable

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Russians on Chinese Foreign Policy to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

Is China having a mainly positive or mainly negative influence in the world?

57%

Positive

20%

Negative

Over the last few years, do you think the effect of Chinese foreign policy on Russia and its interests has been

42%

Positive

23%

Negative

Please tell me your opinion of…how China uses military power and the threat of force

46%

Favorable

19%

Unfavorable

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Russians on Chinese Economy and Government to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

Please tell me your opinion of China’s…

Economic system

67%

Favorable

Unfav

12%

System of government

56%

Favorable

14%

Unfav

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Russians on Russia - Internationally to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

Please tell me if you think Russia is having a mainly positive or mainly negative influence in the world.

80%

Positive

6%

N

Please tell me your opinion of…How Russia uses military power and the threat of force

65%

Favorable

17%

Unfav.

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Russians on Russia - Domestically to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

Please tell me your opinion of…Russia’s system of government

47%

Favorable

43%

Unfavorable

Please tell me your opinion of…Russia’s economic system

31%

Favorable

60%

Unfavorable

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Americans on Russian Foreign Policy to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

Is Russia having a mainly positive or mainly negative influence on the world?

40%

Positive

53%

Negative

Over the last few years, do you think the effect of Russian foreign policy on the US and its interests has been

51%

Positive

38%

Negative

Please tell me your opinion of…how Russia uses military power and the threat of force

24%

Fav.

68%

Unfavorable

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Americans on Russian Economy and Government to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

Please tell me your opinion of Russia’s…

Economic system

21%

Favorable

Unfavorable

72%

System of government

26%

Favorable

68%

Unfavorable

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Americans on Chinese Foreign Policy to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

Is China having a mainly positive or mainly negative influence in the world?

44%

Positive

49%

Negative

Over the last few years, do you think the effect of Chinese foreign policy on the US and its interests has been

36%

Positive

54%

Negative

Please tell me your opinion of…how China uses military power and the threat of force

19%

Favorable

75%

Unfavorable

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Americans on Chinese Economy and Government to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

Please tell me your opinion of China’s…

Economic system

37%

Favorable

Unfavorable

56%

System of government

14%

Fav.

80%

Unfavorable

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Americans on the US - Internationally to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

Please tell me if you think the United States is having a mainly positive or mainly negative influence in the world.

64%

Positive

32%

Negative

Please tell me your opinion of…How America uses military power and the threat of force

54%

Favorable

42%

Unfavorable

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Americans on the US - Domestically to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

Please tell me your opinion of…America’s system of government

83%

Favorable

14%

Unfav.

Please tell me your opinion of…America’s economic system

75%

Favorable

21%

Unfav.

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Russians on World Leaders to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

Please tell me your opinion of…

US President George W. Bush

25%

Favorable

59%

Unfavorable

Russian President Vladimir Putin

85%

Favorable

9%

Un.

Chinese President Hu Jintao

42%

Favorable

8%

Un.

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Americans on World Leaders to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

Please tell me your opinion of…

US President George W. Bush

45%

Favorable

51%

Unfavorable

Russian President Vladimir Putin

36%

Favorable

Unfavorable

55%

Chinese President Hu Jintao

27%

Favorable

63%

Unfavorable

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Ratings of Democracy to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

How democratic do you think each of the following governments is, on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 meaning that it is not at all democratic and 10 meaning that it is completely democratic?

United States

7.40

Americans

6.66

Russians

Russia

Americans

3.69

4.56

Russians

China

Americans

2.16

4.29

Russians

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Ratings of Democratic Change: Russia to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

Over the last few years, do you think Russia has become:

More democratic and responsive to its people

33%

Americans

36%

Russians

Less democratic and responsive to its people

Americans

24%

24%

Russians

Stayed about the same

36%

Americans

27%

Russians

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Ratings of Democratic Change: China to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

Over the last few years, do you think China has become:

More democratic and responsive to its people

24%

Americans

35%

Russians

Less democratic and responsive to its people

Americans

18%

10%

Rus.

Stayed about the same

49%

Americans

18%

Russians

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06


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Ratings of Democratic Change: the US to Produce Nuclear Fuel?

Over the last few years, do you think the United States has become:

More democratic and responsive to its people

18%

Americans

26%

Russians

Less democratic and responsive to its people

43%

Americans

23%

Russians

Stayed about the same

33%

Americans

31%

Russians

WPO/KN/Levada Center 5/06



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