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Russians Negative About U.S., EU, Ukraine And Georgia As Never Before - Poll

MOSCOW. Sept 25 (Interfax) - Negative feelings about the United States, the European Union, Ukraine and Georgia reached a peak in Russia this September, the Yuri Levada Center said in comments on a poll held in 128 cities of Russia's 46 regions on September 12-15.

Sixty-seven percent of the respondents said they had negative feelings about the United States; 39% said the same about the European Union, 53% about Ukraine and 75% about Georgia. The Levada Center has been monitoring the attitude of Russian citizens to the United States since March 1997, to the EU since December 2003, and to Georgia and Ukraine since 2001.

"All the four indicators reached their peaks this September. In other words, Russians have never felt so negatively about these countries. Obviously, the answer is the recent events in the Caucasus," the center said.

Twenty-three percent of the respondents said they liked the United States; 45% said that about the European Union, 37% about Ukraine and 17% about Georgia.

"Negative feelings about the United States have prevailed before: in spring 1999 when NATO was holding an operation in Yugoslavia and in spring 2003 when the United States and its allies invaded Iraq. Yet, the number of negative comments has never been that great. It is now three times larger than the number of positive comments," the center said.

The opinions of Muscovites and young respondents slightly differ from the general trend, the center said.

Forty-five percent of Muscovites said they felt negative about the United States (36% said the opposite). Twenty-six percent of Muscovites dislike the EU (56% have good feelings). Fifty percent of Muscovites feel negative about Ukraine (41% voice the opposite opinion). Twenty percent of Muscovites like Georgia, and 70% have negative feelings.