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Americans view Russia as bigger threat than Iran: Poll


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Americans view Russia as a greater threat than Iran, Reuters/Ipsos opinion polls showed, as the Trump administration this week reintroduced sanctions on Tehran and slapped new ones on Moscow.
While a majority of US adults view Iran as a threat to the United States, that number has decreased slightly over the past three years, the poll shows.
In comparison, the number of Americans who consider Russia a threat to their country increased since 2015, as US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and on new accusations of Russian meddling ahead of the November midterm elections.
Sixty-seven percent of US adults said in a poll conducted in July 2018 that Iran poses a"moderate,""serious"or"imminent"threat to the United States. That was down from 75 percent in March 2015, months before the Obama administration signed a nuclear deal lifting sanctions on Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear program. Seventy-one percent of Americans said in a similar poll taken in July 2018 that they viewed Russia as a threat to the United States, up from 67 percent in March 2015.
Seventy-three percent of US adults said in a poll conducted in June 2018 that they have an unfavorable view of Iran, while 71 percent of Americans said in a similar poll conducted in the same time frame that they view Russia unfavorably.

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