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

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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