Just one-fifth of the respondents (20 percent) think that a nuclear war is unlikely.
At the same time, 53 percent of those polled agree that the risk of a nuclear war is now higher than 15-20 years ago.
More than half of the respondents (52%) feel that the biggest nuclear threat comes from the United States, while 12 percent and 9% believe that it comes from North Korea and Pakistan.
“A country that flexes muscles more often than others is normally seen as the one that may unleash a nuclear war, FOM analyst Grigory Kertman told the Kommersant.
Russia’s relations with the United States and Europe were more harmonious 15-20 years ago, he said.
Grigory Dobromelov, head of the Institute for Political Studies, attributed rising fears of a potential nuclear war to a “propaganda campaign”, including on the Russian television, fueled by “hysteria” around Ukraine.
As for which countries are the most unfriendly towards Russia, 77 percent of the respondents named the United States and 66% named Ukraine. Britain came third with 19%.