Opinion polls have shown that the initial public euphoria in Russia after President Donald Trump’s victory has given way to a more sober mood.
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As questions over the Trump administration's contacts with Russia roil U.S. politics, the Kremlin is taking a decidedly measured approach, carefully weighing what it says to avoid jeopardizing a chance for better relations between Moscow and Washington.State-controlled broadcasters have dampened public anticipation of a warming in Russia-U.S. ties with daily reporting on a host of challenges for Trump, including the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.Baunov argues it's wrong to assert that there is widespread adulation of Trump among ordinary Russians.Flynn, who once sat next to Putin at a Kremlin gala dinner, was seen by many as someone who was friendly to Russia.A nationwide survey of 1,600 people conducted last month by the Levada Center, Russia's leading independent pollster, had 46 percent of respondents expecting an improvement of Russia-U.S. ties under Trump, compared with 54 percent in November.Following the media, many Russians now fear that those in the U.S. who are bent on opposing Russia will force Trump's hand.
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