The positive rating of National Armed Forces in December of 2015 was +37,1 points, according to the results of the annual “SKDS” survey ordered by the newspaper ‘’Neatkarīgā Rīta Avīze’’.
61,4% of respondents expressed their trust to Armed Forces, but 24,3% of respondents answered that they didn’t trust the Armed Forcces. This places the Armed Forces in the third place among state authorities and social organisations behind education institutions and President of the State.
The newspaper points out that there is a significant difference in the trust to the Armed Forces among the respondents who speak Latvian in their families and those who speak Russian. 75% Latvian speaking respondents confirmed that they trust the Armed Forces, comparing to only 42% among Russian speaking respondents. Accordingly, only 14% Latvian speaking respondents didn’t trust the Armed Forces, but 40% among Russian speaking respondents replied the same. The rest couldn’t respond to the question either way, informs the newspaper.
The newspaper points out, that the rating of the Armed Forces has dropped slightly.
In 2014, the Armed Forces were trusted by 42.4 % of population, placing them in the third place among state authorities and social organisations,
Comparing with results of 2013 – third place with 46.4 percent -, the public trust in the Armed Forces has decreased by four percent, but if the data is analysed in a several-year-perspective, they indicate a predictable stability of the trust rates.
In 2012, 38.5 percent of population trusted the Armed Forces, placing them in the fourth place immediately behind education institutions, church and radio.
Arnis Kaktiņš, the head of “SKDS” survey company comments that the slight decline of the rating of the Armed Forces may be because of Russian aggression in Ukraine due to which respondents may have evaluated their own armed forces more critically. Russian speaking respondents may have been influenced by Russian propaganda, which is constantly emphasizing how small and low in capabilities the Armed Forces are.
Mr.Kaktiņš also emphasizes that the overall rating of the National Armed Forces are high and only with minimum changes.
According to nra.lv