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Russians divided on likelihood of cold war with U.S., poll indicates

MOSCOW, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Russians are closely divided on whether a new cold war between Russia and the United States will occur, a Russian Public Opinion Research Center poll indicated.

Forty-six percent of respondents said they believe a new cold war scenario is possible while 48 percent said it was unlikely or impossible, poll results released Monday indicated.

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Nine percent said U.S. secrets-leaker Edward Snowden was the chief problem in Russia-U.S. relations while 6 percent cited the struggle for global domination and the situation in the Middle East as the main reasons. Five percent cited policy issue differences and only 3 percent said nuclear weapons were a problem.

In the poll, respondents also cited collaborative efforts between the two countries, including international terrorism, efforts to prevent armed conflicts, economic collaboration, cultural and scientific exchanges, and space.

Results are based on interviews with 1,600 residents in 130 communities across Russia conducted Aug. 24-25. The margin of error is 3.4 percentage points.

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