People want better defense, but don't want to pay for it: survey

The vast majority of people in Latvia, or 81 percent, would not back tax hikes aimed at increasing the country's defense budget, a survey by the TNS Latvia research and polling agency suggests.

The poll shows that 21 percent of respondents are inclined not to support tax hikes for raising the defense budget, and 60 percent said they were categorically against such tax hikes.

Only 13 percent of the working-age respondents in the poll supported such tax hikes, with two percent voicing full support and 11 percent approving of the measure less convincingly.

Six percent of the people polled couldn't decide either way.

TNS Latvia conducted the online survey for 900 Seconds, the morning news program of Latvia's LNT commercial TV channel, interviewing 850 people, aged 18 to 55 from March 10-12.

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