A new Gallup poll released yesterday finds significant negative changes in how Americans viewRussia, and Russian president Vladimir Putin, including especially his war on gays. Of those Americans who are aware of the Russian president’s new laws essentially criminalizing homosexuality, a staggering 69 percent do not approve. Only 13 percent do.
“More Americans view Russia as unfriendly or an enemy of the United States than as an ally or friendly nation for the first time in 15 years, marking a significant change from as recently as June of this year. A majority of Americans view Russian President Vladimir Putin unfavorably for the first time since he originally took office in 2000,” Gallup reports.