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American and Russian Citizens Endorse NNPT

An Opinion Poll  conducted by University of Maryland has found that  73 per cent of Americans and 63 per cent of Russians endorse the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that calls for elimination of nuclear weapons, and 79 per cent and 66 percent of them want their respective governments to do more to pursue this objective.

"Current US security policies do not reflect underlying public opinion,"  John Steinbruner, Director of Centre for International Security Studies at Maryland said

"In contrast to the growing tension between their (US and Russian) governments, publics in the US and Russia show enthusiasm for dramatic cooperative steps to reduce the nuclear threat," Steven Kull, Director of WorldPublicOpinion.org, adds.
An Opinion Poll  conducted by University of Maryland has found that  73 per cent of Americans and 63 per cent of Russians endorse the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that calls for elimination of nuclear weapons, and 79 per cent and 66 percent of them want their respective governments to do more to pursue this objective.

"Current US security policies do not reflect underlying public opinion,"  John Steinbruner, Director of Centre for International Security Studies at Maryland said

"In contrast to the growing tension between their (US and Russian) governments, publics in the US and Russia show enthusiasm for dramatic cooperative steps to reduce the nuclear threat," Steven Kull, Director of WorldPublicOpinion.org, adds.

While 80 per cent of Americans and 65 percent of Russians endorse the U.S.-Russian Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (SORT), which would reduce the number of active nuclear weapons in each arsenal to about 2,000 by the end of 2012, an overwhelming 92 per cent of Americans and 65 per cent Russians are for an international body, such as the United Nations, which would monitor and verify compliance with such deep reductions.

The Poll was conducted separately in the third week of September with a sample size of close to 1500 people in both countries. .