A survey by state-run research centre, VTSIOM, has revealed that 16 per cent of Russians polled believed war between the two world power was “highly possible" with another 14 per cent claiming that a war is already underway.
But 47 per cent of the 1,200 participants said it was unlikely to happen with an additional 16 per cent claiming it would be absolutely impossible.
More than half also said they have not seen any change between US and Russian relations since Mr Trump’s inauguration despite the US President’s earlier pledge to improve ties between the two powers.
President Donald Trump has said US-Russian relations are at an all time low
The survey results comes as Russian president Vladimir Putin has been criticised for supporting Syria despite a chemical weapons attack in the nation earlier this month.
The use of chemical weapons prompted President Trump to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles on an airbase in Syria, which according to Pentagon figures led to the destruction of 80 per cent of the Middle Eastern nation’s aircraft.
According to the VTSIOM poll the airstrike caused support for Mr Trump to plummet from 38 per cent last month to just 7 per cent in April.
President Putin has accused the US of planning to strike Syria before the chemical weapons attack
Valery Fedorov, the director of VTSIOM, said: “The US missile strike on Syria became a ‘cold shower’ for a significant part of Russians.
“Donald Trump’s aggressive behaviour raised the distrust and feeling of malevolence towards America.
“Our fellow citizens have less optimistic expectations about Trump.
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“Despite the fact that hopes for a new ‘thaw’ in bilateral relations have not disappeared completely.”
The Russian president has also accused Mr Trump of plotting the strike before the chemical hit.
But around 38 per cent of Russians surveyed said they did not care about President Trump.
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The respondents also revealed mixed feelings for the US President with distrust, apathy, disappointment, and hope at the top of the list.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev believes an arms race has already begun between Russia and the West which mirrors the Cold War.
Mr Trump has declared relations with Russia are at an “all time low”, adding “right now we are not getting along with Russia at all”.