Majority of Americans, Russians favour elimination of nuclear weapons

November 14th, 2007 - 10:29 am ICT by admin  

A new poll findings conducted by University of Maryland has found that close to three-fourth of US citizen and over two-third of Russians favour taking off nuclear weapons that are put on high alert.

Almost an equal number has also called for banning the production of weapons-grade nuclear material.

Close to 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.

However, the public opinion is in completely contrast to the policies followed by their present governments.

“Current US security policies do not reflect underlying public opinion,” The Newswise quoted John Steinbruner, Director of Centre for International Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), as saying.

“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, 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, and has found a strong support for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. (ANI)

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