PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll gauges American opinion on U.S.-Russia relations

**All reference to poll data must source PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist Poll**

WASHINGTON, DC (5am, July 06, 2017)
— Ahead of the G-20 summit where President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a new PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist Poll gauges America’s opinion on two leaders’ controversial relationship, whether one is a more effective leader than the other, and how Russia’s involvement in U.S. politics may be detrimental.

The poll surveyed 1,205 adults in the U.S. from June 21 – June 25, 2017 and was produced in partnership by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, NPR, and PBS NewsHour.

Toplines from the poll include–

U.S.-Russian Relations: 59% of U.S. residents think it is better to build relationships with Russia than treat the nation as a threat. Slightly less than half (46%) of poll participants believe President Trump’s goal of improving relations with Russia is mostly a good thing for the United States.

Effective Leadership: When compared with Russian President Vladimir Putin, 42% of Americans think Trump is the more effective leader compared to 36% who consider Putin to be better. Notably, Trump’s voter base remains intact: 78% of those who say they supported Trump in the 2016 presidential election think Trump is a better leader than Putin. That’s compared to just 23% of Democrats who think Trump is a more effective leader than Putin.

Unethical Dealings and Hacking: 47% of Americans think Russian hacking into the 2016 presidential election poses a major threat to future elections. As for President Trump’s relationship with Russia during the election and afterwards, 54% of U.S. residents believe the president’s dealings with Russia have been shady. This includes 25% of Americans who think President Trump has done something illegal, and 29% who believe he has done something unethical but not illegal.

The News and Russia
: As we previously reported, President Trump’s approval rating is at its lowest in a period when the news is focused on the president’s controversial relationship with Russia. Among those who are following the upheaval, more than half (59%) think President Trump has done something wrong. 58% of U.S. residents say some of Trump’s advisors have done something illegal.

PBS NewsHour reporting on the NewsHour/NPR/Marist Poll includes:


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