Moscow, Aug 8: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is more preferred as the next occupant of the White House in Russia, compared to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for the former is more "fun" and says good things about the Russians.
A poll by the All-Russian Center for Public Opinion has revealed that 34 per cent of the respondents expected that relations between Russia and US will imporve if Trump becomes the next American president while only 6 per cent believes so if Hillary Clinton succeeds President Barack Obama, a USA Today report said.
On the other hand, while 53 per cent believed that Moscow's terms with Washington will deteriorate under a Hillary Presidency, only 12 per cent thought such an outcome could be seen if the Republican wins the November 8 election to the White House, the report said. [Hillary strengthens lead over Trump: Poll]
Trump, in fact, has arrived on the scene as a "fresh breeze", thanks to his "simplicity, rude jokes and fun", the USA Today quoted Russian journalist Dmitry Olshansky as posting on Facebook last month. He slammed Hillary on the other hand, describing her as "an astoundingly thick concentration of all the evil in this world".
Relations between Russia and the US have seen rough times of lates after the aggressive leadership of President Vladimir Putin saw the former annexing Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and the Obama Presidency strongly condemning it and even imposing economic sanctions.
Against this backdrop, Trump's praising Putin and recently remarking that he would consider accepting Crimea as a part of Russia has created quite a favourable impression of him in Russia,
A few days ago, Trump invited a controversy by remarking that Putin would not get into Ukraine despite the Russians' agression in Ukraine. Later, he gave a clarification saying that Putin would desist from a Ukraine adventure if he had become the president. [Cornered over Ukraine remark, Trump clarifies his stand]