Three out of five men ready to defend Latvia

A survey commissioned from public opinion research agency SKDS by the Defense Ministry to measure attitudes toward defense issues got a 58.7% response rate from its target audience of citizens, 80% of them being members of the National Armed Forces (NBS) Reserve, who said they’d be ready to take up arms to defend Latvia from aggression.

However 27.9% did not agree with the statement that they would be ready for such an action, whereas slightly more than 13% said they had no opinion on the matter.

67% of respondents from Latvian-speaking families were ready for the possibility of taking part in defending Latvia in armed conflict whereas 41.2% of those from Russian-speaking families also said they would defend Latvia with arms.

The survey also showed the most active group expressing readiness to defend the nation with arms would be men between the ages of 17 and 25 (65.2%), as well as men with higher degrees of education (69.9%).

Those working in the public sector were markedly more well-disposed (74.6%) towards the prospect of taking up arms to defend Latvia compared to those in the private sector (58%) and the unemployed (52.%%).

As far as the regional distribution amongst the survey respondents, 64.6% the men residing in Riga, 62% in the province of Vidzeme, 59.7% in Latgale, 54.3% in Zemgale and 54.1% in Kurzeme and 53.3% around the Riga suburban region.

Even some non-citizens (34.4%) and women (24.7%) expressed their readiness to take up arms to defend Latvia, says the survey, as reported by military news portal sargs.lv.

The NBS Reserve forces are made up of men and women fit for service over the age of 18 and no older than 55 desiring to continue their service and have the necessary training in the Home Guard.

The survey was conducted by SKDS in November 2014 amongst a random sampling of around a thousand residents from all regions of the country between the ages of 17 and 74.

 

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