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Russians are not as terrible as propaganda does not make them: the opinion of the American people

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It turns out that for ordinary Americans the worst is not the Russian hordes. Far worse than the other enemy is terrorism.




Adam Taylor (Adam Taylor) in the newspaper «The Washington Post» spoke about the Americans, who do not believe that the main enemy for the United States is the Russians.

The Pentagon in the person of Minister J. Mattis now argues that China and Russia are among the priorities in the sphere of threats to US national security. Terrorists pose a lesser threat. American voters may not agree with this statement, indicates Adam Taylor.

The Pentagon’s new strategic document proposed a “new vision” of America’s national security priorities: priority was given to confrontation with China and Russia, and the fight against international terrorism was relegated to third place.

But will the American voters agree with the new strategy?

Perhaps not, the journalist writes. A series of surveys conducted over the past year show that Americans are still deeply concerned about the threat of international terrorism, but they hardly believe that "growing China" or "belligerent Russia" promise them problems.

However, Minister Mattis said that the new document reflects the real priorities for the United States.

And today, Beijing and Moscow are declared the first rivals of Washington and competitors.

Meanwhile, according to a survey conducted by the Chicago Council on global issues in June last year, 75% of respondents noted such a critical threat to the United States as international terrorism. Only 38 percent pointed to the military power of China (another critical threat) and only 30 percent pointed to the “territorial ambitions of Russia”.

A survey of the Pew research center, conducted in February and March last year, gave a similar result: 74% of Americans called the "Islamic State" (prohibited in the Russian Federation) a serious threat to the United States. 47 percent of respondents indicated the influence and power of Russia and 41 percent noted the influence and power of China.

Among the explanations of this “phenomenon”, we note the simplest is the tangibility of the terrorist threat in the United States: any terrorist act is a bloody tragic spectacle that is widely covered by the media, and these attacks occasionally occur not only in Europe but also in the United States, and it scares the Americans. As for the mythical aggression of Russia in Ukraine or the Crimean "annexation," it worries Americans much less, and would care even less if it were not for propaganda, betting on the "Russian threat." But even with intensive propaganda, the Pentagon cannot overcome the necessary "bar": for the voters, the most terrible threat is still the terrorists, not the Russians. Obviously, in the future, the American authorities will be confronted with the distrust of the public masses, and this will affect both the results of the elections to Congress and the results of the presidential elections of 2020.

Observed and commented on Oleg Chuvakin
- especially for topwar.ru
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  1. Krasnodar
    Krasnodar 22 January 2018 07: 38
    +2
    China is a threat, but its biggest trading partner is the States ... Some kind of nonsense.
    1. Teberii
      Teberii 22 January 2018 07: 46
      +2
      They are also people and they are tired of this clowning too.
      1. Logall
        Logall 22 January 2018 08: 16
        +8
        Quote: Teberii
        They are also people and they are tired of this clowning too.

        47% of Americans consider us enemies ... And this is also not a small figure ... Moreover, these are people who consider us the number one threat ... But the rest is unknown how they think. It’s just that we don’t come first!
        1. Orionvit
          Orionvit 22 January 2018 09: 37
          0
          Quote: Logall
          47% of Americans consider us enemies.

          Well, read you already carefully what is written. 47% were in February last year, and in June only 30%
          1. Monos
            Monos 22 January 2018 09: 49
            +6
            Now I’m thinking: what would I consider a threat to Russia if they asked me? NATO? No-eh ... USA? No .. Terrorism? Perhaps, but not in the first place ... "Fifth Colon" !!! And the activities of foreign intelligence in this direction. This is the main threat to Russia!
            1. Orionvit
              Orionvit 22 January 2018 10: 11
              +2
              Keywords
              And the activities of foreign intelligence in this direction
              By itself, the “fifth column”, like a bunch of marginals, with appropriate control by the relevant authorities, is not terrible. But the arrogant and undisguised interference of Western states in internal affairs, this is already annoying. And this is one of the constituent elements of overt aggression against Russia. And in the west they even try to hide it. So don’t bother yourself, you think everything right.
            2. abrakadabre
              abrakadabre 22 January 2018 10: 34
              +1
              But what would I consider a threat to Russia if they asked me? NATO? No-eh ... USA? No .. Terrorism? Perhaps, but not in the first place ... "Fifth Colon" !!!
              You are simply confusing cause and effect. If you do not go into the highest matters such as a change in socio-economic formations, the main threat is the elite of the West under the leadership of the US elite. NATO, terrorism fostered by them and the fifth column funded by them, are just tools of their elite.
    2. Chertt
      Chertt 22 January 2018 07: 57
      +3
      US propagandists have clearly lost their qualifications. So much money is being tricked into fakeNews, and ordinary Americans still do not believe that the Russians are coming. Learn from RT. , one hundred thousand dollars invested in social. network, and done, have chosen the American president
      1. Orionvit
        Orionvit 22 January 2018 09: 41
        0
        Quote: Chertt
        one hundred thousand dollars invested in social. network, and done, have chosen the American president

        And in the “Brexit”, only 48 cents, and voila, Britain leaves the European Union. laughing
        1. Chertt
          Chertt 22 January 2018 09: 59
          0
          Quote: Orionvit
          And in the "Brexit", only 48 cents, and voila, Britain leaves the European Union

          This is the "Effective Managers". hi laughing
    3. Spartanez300
      Spartanez300 22 January 2018 08: 03
      +1
      For the US war party in the person of J. Mattis, of course it is most advantageous to promote Russia and China as the main enemies, you can have a lot of benefits.
    4. dSK
      dSK 22 January 2018 08: 14
      +1
      The American ambassador to Russia, John Huntsman, plunged into the icy water of the font of the New Jerusalem Monastery in the Moscow Region. Together with him, seven men and two women from the US Embassy took baptismal bathing. It is reported that the ambassador crossed the path to the font in white boots. After bathing the ambassador, his wife wrapped him in a towel, giving her husband a mug of hot tea. "This is an unforgettable experience," - the diplomat told about his impressions. Very strong impressions of your traditions"," he added. After that, the delegation of the embassy, ​​led by Huntsman, made a detailed tour of the cathedral of the New Jerusalem Monastery. As previously reported, US Consul General in Vladivostok Michael Keys plunged into the baptism of ice. Other diplomatic mission staff also bathed. RIA Novosti, 21.01.18/XNUMX/XNUMX.
      1. Orionvit
        Orionvit 22 January 2018 09: 43
        +1
        Quote: dsk
        Very strong impressions of your traditions "

        He would have remembered other traditions better. If you don’t know, let him at least ask the Germans.
        1. Weyland
          Weyland 22 January 2018 23: 26
          0
          Quote: Orionvit
          ask at least the Germans.

          or among the French - about the meaning of their idioms "to go (by war) to Russia" and "Berezina". laughing
  2. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee 22 January 2018 07: 40
    +9
    the threat is still terrorists, not Russians.
    the devil is so terrible as his little ones ..... lol
  3. BLOND
    BLOND 22 January 2018 07: 41
    +1
    A fresh strategic document from the Pentagon suggested a “new vision” of America’s national security priorities: priority is given to the confrontation with China and Russia ...

    Nowadays Roman:
    Divide and conquer

    has changed ... minke whales all over the world are "chopping" already like cabbage
    The agony of them! (IMHO)
    1. Orionvit
      Orionvit 22 January 2018 09: 45
      +1
      Quote: BLOND
      minke whales the whole world is already “shredding” like cabbage

      This is not agony, it is a normal American policy towards other countries. In their understanding of course. Or when it was different?
      1. BLOND
        BLOND 22 January 2018 09: 53
        0
        the feeling that the scale of the device "disruption of the FSA tower" has ended and the arrow lies on the limiter
  4. Altona
    Altona 22 January 2018 07: 43
    +3
    Leftist ideas of globalists, legal drugs, easy access to firearms made good ground for mass executions of people at schools, at concerts, at airports, in shops, and at competitions. Moreover, the account of the victims is several tens or even hundreds. How many mass shootings we have already seen in the USA. But nevertheless, instead of a terrorist threat, the United States wants to see enemies not where they really are.
    1. Vard
      Vard 22 January 2018 07: 54
      +2
      Do you delve into the Internet ... on the impact of possession of personal weapons on crime ...
  5. Mikhail m
    Mikhail m 22 January 2018 07: 46
    +4
    Ordinary Americans can not understand that Russia and China are able to bring down the empire of the dollar, do not teach them this. And they won’t understand until the feeder is empty. And only then will they see clearly. Politicians and economists have much more information, they can see the whole picture. So the opinion of the "common man" in any country does not correspond to reality. And in case of war they will go to the front and do what they command. And the opinion will be consistent with the sergeant's opinion in the next few hours.
    1. Orionvit
      Orionvit 22 January 2018 09: 51
      +1
      Quote: Mikhail M
      Russia and China are able to bring down the empire of the dollar

      Able, it is, but they themselves are sitting on a short leash by the states. And to get off the leash, I don’t even know what should happen. Is that a global war in the active phase. So, this whole crazy world politics will continue for a long time. Either until everything explodes (the most realistic option), or until it quietly decays (a little realistic option).
  6. iliitchitch
    iliitchitch 22 January 2018 07: 46
    0
    They’re dumb anyway. This is a threat to them.
    1. Krasnodar
      Krasnodar 22 January 2018 07: 53
      0
      Quote: iliitch
      They’re dumb anyway. This is a threat to them.

      The best universities, the best scientists (including Russian), the best libraries, etc.
      Where are they dumb? )))
      1. Vard
        Vard 22 January 2018 08: 26
        0
        We can easily catch up and overtake the USA ... by making the same salaries ... And then they pay ten thousand rubles for the assembly of missiles and want him to fly ...
      2. iliitchitch
        iliitchitch 22 January 2018 08: 30
        0
        Quote: Krasnodar
        The best universities, the best scientists (including Russian), the best libraries, etc.

        You can buy a bald dash for the painted bucks, or steal, or take away, but that's just: "Do you want to fight? How were you a colonel, a colonel and stayed." .
      3. PalBor
        PalBor 22 January 2018 09: 21
        +2
        Quote: Krasnodar
        Quote: iliitch
        They’re dumb anyway. This is a threat to them.

        The best universities, the best scientists (including Russian), the best libraries, etc.
        Where are they dumb? )))

        The fact that 9/10 of the US population do not even know or cannot afford it.
        1. Krasnodar
          Krasnodar 22 January 2018 09: 46
          -1
          The fact that 9/10 of the US population do not even know or cannot afford it.
          --------
          Russians top the list of the most educated, 54% have a college diploma. In the USA - at 43%, and getting a diploma is 4 times more expensive. This is more than in Britain (41%), Australia (41%) and China (4%). (This is not a typo). Russia has reached the highest level, despite cutting costs per student in the past 7 years.
          http://polismi.ru/ekonomika/globalizatsiya-za-i-p
          rotiv / 816-samie-obrazovannye-strany-v-mire.html
  7. rocket757
    rocket757 22 January 2018 07: 54
    +5
    Who does these real polls ???
    What they ordered, they will get it ... and you don’t have to lie, correctly composed questions and voila, the right answer has been received !!!
    In principle, at first the Ukrainian lads were also outraged that they would not fight with their brothers ... and now what ???
    And before the Second World War, the Soviet people were convinced that the German worker would not shoot his brother of the workers' country of the Soviets !!!
    Now believe me? Check it out? What did they say there !!!
    In short, think with your head and CAREFULLY look at the real affairs of the "partners" !!!!!!!!
    1. Vard
      Vard 22 January 2018 08: 29
      +2
      Unfortunately, most people only think about how to eat better ... Here it would probably be useful to use propaganda ...
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 22 January 2018 12: 05
        +2
        So from bad news we can earn an ulcer !!!
        People take care ... we’re maniacs alone, there’s no Schaub broadcast about tasty and healthy food to watch, give us the policy, but the Schaub was sharper !!!
  8. Serge72
    Serge72 22 January 2018 08: 10
    16
    The devil is not so terrible as his baby))
  9. Non liberoid Russian
    Non liberoid Russian 22 January 2018 09: 07
    0
    let them tell it to Napoleon and Hitler)
  10. bald
    bald 22 January 2018 09: 07
    0
    But they truly believe that the main threat comes from - terrorism, which the political tops provided the United States, at most I do not want, for many years.
  11. BAI
    BAI 22 January 2018 09: 09
    0
    Who, when and where were interested in these polls. Decision makers use the results of their own surveys.
  12. Alex-a832
    Alex-a832 22 January 2018 09: 09
    +2
    Russia, heard that it is given a place among the US threats immediately after ISIS, so ISIS was destroyed by Russian efforts. Now Russia is in first place in the ranking, with which I congratulate all of us!
  13. Monster_Fat
    Monster_Fat 22 January 2018 09: 25
    +1
    Judging by the publications in the American media, Russia is almost the “worst enemy” of the entire American people. But this is absolutely not the case. So where do the roots of all this anti-Russian hysteria come from in the media? And here everything is simple. The American man in the street is extremely apolitical and has nothing to do with anything other than what concerns him directly. He doesn’t give a damn about everything and even more so, at something as far away as Russia. This position of the American layman is known to the entire world business community, which owns the media. Knowing the passivity of the Americans and the fact that they can only be attracted to the “news” and “TV screens” that cause the effect of “wow” or “scandal”, all American media are trying to publish as many “scandals”, “investigations” as possible , “revelations,” etc. to attract Americans and raise their ratings. However, "scandals" cannot occur constantly and therefore they have to be either provoked or ... invented. But the fictitious "scandalous" news about events within the country is dangerous because it is easy to verify and expose. And, if you come up with scandalous fakes about some distant country, then there’s no risk whatsoever — go check that it’s not true! Moreover, if you “hang” the label “unfree”, “deceitful”, and “totalitarian” on this country, you can not be afraid at all, since any justification for it can be summed up with the above epithets. Americans do not touch China in the media, and not at all because they are economically connected with it, but because China contains the United States a huge staff of American lawyers who ruthlessly prosecute any smallest newspaper in the court for libel untested or false facts about China. But Russia .... doesn’t even do anything close to it, which is why it is a convenient subject for “fake” news and frankly false information ... So, the Russians are “toothless” about the media that slander Russia and its people, in many respects themselves are to blame for such a prejudiced attitude towards themselves .... You have to sue .... You have to sue and sue again, then nobody will bully you.
  14. Orionvit
    Orionvit 22 January 2018 09: 34
    0
    shows that Americans are still deeply concerned about the threat of international terrorism, but hardly believe that “growing China” or “warring Russia” promise them problems
    Here, of course, one cannot but agree with the opinion of ordinary Americans. But those in power consider it completely different, and do it right in their own way. Since China and Russia still threaten, but not only to the states themselves, but to their global dominance. Here, as they say, "not everything is a carnival for a cat." On the other hand, they simply will not give up their power over the world, and this promises "great trouble" for everyone.
  15. Archivist Vasya
    Archivist Vasya 22 January 2018 10: 24
    0
    75% for terrorism, 38% for China and 30% for Russia ... total 143%! What nonsense is this article? Why not write so that it is clear and understandable ...
  16. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 22 January 2018 10: 34
    +1
    Washington and Moscow declared the first rivals of Washington and competitors
    So maybe it’s time to establish real military-strategic cooperation and take obligations on mutual assistance?
  17. Berkut24
    Berkut24 22 January 2018 10: 41
    0
    In the United States, as you know, two people. The people who live on Wall Street and in Washington really decide. There it was necessary to conduct a survey.
  18. Olegi1
    Olegi1 22 January 2018 19: 05
    +1
    Quote: Orionvit
    Keywords
    And the activities of foreign intelligence in this direction
    By itself, the “fifth column”, like a bunch of marginals, with appropriate control by the relevant authorities, is not terrible. But the arrogant and undisguised interference of Western states in internal affairs, this is already annoying. And this is one of the constituent elements of overt aggression against Russia. And in the west they even try to hide it. So don’t bother yourself, you think everything right.


    Well, the fifth column is now quite marginalized and canalized (in the sense that they are stacked in known places). And these places, such as the Echo of Moscow, are known to all. And, moreover (!) Sponsored by the state! Money is small, but all in one place. IMHO, a very far-sighted move. In which case - all the cockroaches in one slipper.
    1. rocket757
      rocket757 23 January 2018 09: 13
      +1
      Dichlorvos them, Schaub for sure !!! When the time will come !!!