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Women in Latvia are worried about military safety more than men

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUResidents in Latvia are concerned the most about economic and social security. Residents are also highly concerned about Latvian military and political security.

Women also seem more concerned than men about all of the aforementioned matters (women: 75%-90%, men: 68%-87%). An analysis of different age groups reveals that youngsters aged 17 to 25 worry about any of the aforementioned matters rarer than others, as concluded in the recent survey by SKDS.

It has been concluded that women are far more worried about Latvia’s military security than men (76% of women and 68% of men). This matter worried respondents aged 46 to 60 the most (75%). Youngsters aged 17 to 25 are less worried about it (70%). Residents with general education are more worried about this possibility than most (75%). 73% of residents with higher education and 70% with secondary education are worried about military security.

81% of Latvians and 59% of representatives of other nationalities said they are concerned about this matter. 81% of respondents who speak Latvian with members of their family also expressed concern for the country’s military security. 58% of families with Russian language as the dominant one also expressed concern for Latvia’s military security. Military security worries 75% of Latvian citizens and 57% of residents without Latvian citizenship.

64% of residents of Riga are concerned about safety in Latvia. The same applies to 90% of Vidzeme, 79% in Zemgale, 74% in Latgale and 70% in Kurzeme and Pieriga.

When asked about the most notable risks to Latvia, respondents most often mentioned the risk of economic crisis (68%). Other noteworthy risks include military conflict (37%), drugs (36%) and crime (35%). 26% of respondents mentioned violent conflicts among representatives of different nationalities, 21% mentioned natural disasters and energy problems. Another 11% mentioned terrorism and 9% – cyber-attacks. Only 3% of respondents said Latvia does not face any risks whatsoever.

When asked to describe the situation in Latvia in terms of safety and security, 30% of respondents said it has improved (1.5% have said it has improved significantly). 12% of respondents said the opposite.

When asked to describe why they think the situation with Latvia’s defensive capabilities has not changed, residents most often mentioned that Latvia is not in danger from anyone.

Respondents also mentioned relatively often that there is simply not enough information regarding developments in the country’s defence field (8%). Other reasons include: lack of funding for Latvia’s defence sector or misappropriation of funds (6%), as well as lack of proper equipment for Latvia’s armed forces (6%). Other potential reasons were voiced rarer than these. 19% of respondents said they see no difference and 41% had difficulty finding reasons.

Residents who believe the situation with Latvia’s defensive capabilities has become worse most often mentioned the possibility of military aggression from Russia, activity near borders of Baltic States and the worsening of relations between Latvia and Russia (27%).

Other opinions regarding Latvia’s defence include the lack of funding (13%), belief that Latvia’s membership in NATO does not guarantee security or even worsens the situation by provoking Russia and agitating residents (11%), insufficient or sub-par equipment of Latvian armed forces (10%). Residents also often mentioned the intense situation in Ukraine and the possibility of it impacting Latvia (10%).


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