Most Americans favor nuclear arms reductions in Russia and U.S.

The majority of Americans continue to favor a reduction in Russian and U.S. nuclear arsenals, though the level of support dropped from previous studies, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday.

According to the poll, 56 percent of Americans expressed support for a deal that would reduce Russian and U.S. nuclear arsenals while 38 percent opposed the measure. In a December 2010 poll, 51 percent of Americans supported U.S.-Russian reductions in nuclear arms and 30 percent opposed them, reports.

U.S. President Barack Obama is considering a plan that would reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons beyond the reductions agreed to in the 2011 New START treaty.

Gallup said that past polls showed significantly greater support for U.S.-Russian or U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms reduction agreements.

In 2002, 82 percent of Americans supported a 2002 nuclear reduction agreement signed by the two countries. In 1987, 74 percent said they approved of a proposed U.S.-Soviet treaty to eliminate Russian and European intermediate range nuclear weapons.

Gallup said Americans may be less inclined to reduce U.S. nuclear weapons along with Russia because of a less favorable opinion of Russia. A February 7 through February 10 poll showed that 50 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Russia.

Additionally, threats from countries such as North Korea and Iran may be eroding the support to reduce the U.S. nuclear arsenal, according to