Just under two-thirds of those surveyed in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania said they supported the project, with the actual figure falling slightly from 62% in 2021 to 61% in 2022.
The number of respondents who agree that the implementation of Rail Baltica will strengthen the military mobility capabilities of the Baltic states increased in Estonia by 10% compared to last year to stand at 54%, in Latvia it increased by 11% to reach 51% and the number increased by 2% in Lithuania to reach 61%. At the same time 40% of respondents overall said that the implementation of the project will increase their feeling of security.
“The result evaluation helps the project implementers understand what kind of information about the project the society lacks and where we can improve. Since this project is maturing and entering the construction phase, together with our partners we will pay even more attention to result-driven public communication,” said Signe Nīgale, Head of Communications at RB Rail AS.
LSM asked to see the full survey results in order to draw our own conclusions rather than just reproduce the benefits highlighted in a press release, but we were told RB Rail was "not sharing the full results to avoid confusion as the data collected in the three countries cannot always be compared directly due to the varying situations in each country."
The annual online survey among the residents of the Baltic States was ordered by the Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS and conveyed by a marketing research company “Berg Research”. The data collection was implemented via the SIA “SolidData” Internet User panel with the target audience aged 18-75, and with over 3000 respondents in total (1006 respondents in Latvia; 1007 respondents in Lithuania; 1007 respondents in Estonia).