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Seven-in-ten surveyed Americans view Russia as an enemy of the United States, according to a Pew Research survey conducted about a month after Russia invaded Ukraine—a notable jump compared to Americans’ opinions on Russia two months ago, with Republican-leaning Americans aligning more with Democrat-leaning Americans on the issue than in recent years.

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The percentage of American adults who view Russia as an enemy jumped 29 percentage points compared to a survey taken in January, before the invasion of Ukraine, when 41% felt that way.

Democrats and Republicans largely agree, with 72% of surveyed Democrats believing Russia an enemy compared to 69% of surveyed Republicans.

This alignment wasn’t always the case, as just 48% of surveyed Republicans or Americans who lean Republican viewed Russia’s influence and power as a major threat to the US when asked in 2020, compared to 68% of surveyed Democrats or Americans who lean Democrat .

Americans’ opinions of NATO, which has been instrumental as world powers attempt to respond to the conflict, have also increased since Russia’s invasion, with 67% of surveyed Americans believing the US benefits from being a NATO member compared to 61% in 2021.

Some 35% of surveyed Americans said they favor the US taking military action in Ukraine even if it risks a potential nuclear conflict with Russia, a Pew poll conducted earlier in March found.