The confidence of Russians in the army’s ability to defend the country has grown

93 per cent of citizens expressed confidence that the army can ensure the country’s security, only 6 per cent hold the opposite position

Source: Alexander Avilov / Moskva News Agency

The number of Russians who are confident that the Russian army is able to defend the country has grown 2.3 times from 2000 to 2019, a source of the VZGLYAD newspaper told the Russian Ministry of Defense.


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According to the analytical data of the Ministry of Defense, the source said that in December 2019, 93% of citizens expressed confidence that the army can ensure the country’s security, only 6% hold the opposite position. Moreover, back in 2010, these indicators were 43% and 23%, respectively.

It is not known on the basis of what sociological research such data are presented, however, close figures can be found in the materials of the Public Opinion (FOM) foundation.

In 2018, according to the POF, 86% of respondents said that the Russian army is capable of ensuring the country’s security. At the same time, only 6% replied that the army was not able to defend the country, and 7% found it difficult to answer.

According to the fund, in 2000 62% of Russians believed that the army could protect the country (27% held the opposite position), in 2006 the figure was 52% (32%), in 2007 – 62% (24%), in 2013 – 49% (23%).

In 2014, according to the FOM, faith in the Russian Armed Forces increased significantly – 74% of Russians surveyed were confident in their ability to defend their homeland, 7% had the opposite opinion.

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