Survey: Latvian public sees Russia in more negative light than in 2021

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Along with Russia's war against Ukraine, the number of people in Latvia who view Russia negatively has increased from 37% last year to 66% this year, according to a survey conducted by the research center SKDS, LETA reported on September 20.

“Russia is no longer popular in Latvia for obvious reasons,” – said the head of SKDS Arnis Kaktiņš on social media, indicating that only 20% in a survey conducted in July this year acknowledged that they had a positive view of Russia. Another 15% of respondents did not indicate their views.

In 2021 Russia was positively valued by 48%, negatively by 37%, and 14% were not clear.

A survey of the situation in 2012 showed that 56% of people viewed Russia positively at the time, 28% negatively and 16% did not indicate their views.

 Latvia's attitude towards the United States has not changed significantly: last year, 51% of the surveyed had a positive attitude compared to 50% a year ago, while negative sentiment was 35% this year compared with 36% a year ago. The most negative scores against the US were seen in the survey in 2020 - 46%, while the most positive ones were 57% in 2010.

Latvia's attitude towards the European Union has become more negative over the last year, but it is still significantly more positive than the United States and Russia - 66% of the surveyed Latvian population this year, compared with 71% a year ago viewed the EU positively, while negative attitudes are 23% compared to 18% a year ago.

Around 1,000 respondents participated in each of the surveys.

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