Russian leadership and foreign policy, conspiracy theories, and suspected attempts of electoral interference have become hot topics in the current American electoral campaign. However, very little has been discussed about Russian attitudes toward the US election, American political leadership and its policies from the other side of the ocean. For example, what do Russians think of the world, the US and its actions? Clinton or Trump – who would most Russians vote for if they could? What do Russians think of the prospects for relations between the two countries depending on who should win come November 8th and what is the sociopolitical context of these attitudes and opinions?
This presentation will be based on weekly nationwide opinion-polls conducted in Russia by VCIOM (Russian Public Opinion Research Center) – the oldest and the leading opinion research institution in the post-Soviet area.
Dr. Olga Kamenchuk is director of international studies at VCIOM (Russian Public Opinion Research Center), the leading opinion polling company in the post-Soviet area. She has headed over 100 opinion research projects for such institutions as the World Bank, the European Commission, United Nations Development Program, Cambridge University, Annenberg School for Communication, BBG, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, and Asahi Shimbun. Her major research interests are in the areas of political psychology, international communication and public diplomacy.
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