The Advocate
September 19, 2013

Despite some international praise for helping broker a nonmilitary response to Syria's use of chemical weapons, Americans still don't like Russian president Vladimir Putin.

In fact, for the first time in 15 years, a broad majority of Americans view Russia as unfriendly to or even an enemy of the United States, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday. That's a marked increase from June, when 52% of Americans considered Russia an American ally. 

While Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden ignited the ire of some respondents, some also cited Putin's op-ed in The New York Times last week criticizing "American exceptionalism" and foreign policy.