Only 7% of Americans View Iran as US’s Greatest Enemy: Poll

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Only seven percent of Americans say Iran is the US’s greatest enemy, a poll revealed on February 20.

Among Americans surveyed by Gallup in the first 10 days of February, 51 percent said they consider North Korea the greatest enemy, a percentage that exponentially increased from 16 percent in February 2016.

Russia, China and Iran distantly trailed North Korea, in that order, during the eleventh World Affairs poll that has asked the "greatest enemy" question since 2001, according to Newsweek. 

Among poll participants, 19 percent believed Russia is the greatest enemy—an uptick from 15 percent two years ago. The alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was likely a significant factor behind the higher figure, which is the largest percentage for Russia in Gallup’s trend.

“While Russia is a distant second to North Korea, it is considered an enemy by more Democrats than Republicans, suggesting Russian meddling in the 2016 election is considered particularly dangerous to some partisan groups,” the poll report indicated.

China came in third place, with 11 percent saying it is the greatest enemy, down from 12 percent two years ago. Iran landed in fourth place, with 7 percent considering it the greatest nemesis, half of the 14 percent that thought so a couple years ago.

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