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MILITARY POWER

This survey was carried out May 24–29, 2019 with a representative sample of all Russian urban and rural residents. The sample comprised 1616 people age 18 or older from 137 localities in 50 regions of the Russian Federation. The survey was conducted as a personal interview in respondents’ homes. The answer distribution is presented as percentages of the number of participants along with data from previous surveys.

The statistical error of these studies for a selection of 1600 people (with a probability of 0.95) does not exceed:

3.4% for indicators around 50%
2.9% for indicators around 25%/75%
2.0% for indicators around 10%/90%
1.5% for indicators around 5%/95%

WOULD YOU PERSONALLY PREFER THAT THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT DEVOTE MORE OF ITS BUDGET AT PRESENT TO INCREASING MILITARY POWER OR INCREASING THE LEVEL OF CITIZENS’ WELL-BEING? (one answer)

May 19
Would prefer that more of the budget was devoted to increasing Russia’s military power 12
Would prefer that more of the budget was devoted to increasing the level of Russian citizens’ well-being 82
It is difficult to say 6

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL OPINION ON BEING DRAFTED TO SERVE IN THE MILITARY? WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING THREE POINTS OF VIEW IS CLOSEST TO YOUR OWN? (respondents were presented with a card and could only choose one answer)

Aug. 97 Jul. 00 Jun. 10 Sep. 14 Oct. 15 May 19
Every real man must go through military service 41 44 44 41 42 60
Military service is an obligation to the government that must be fulfilled, even if it isn’t in your own interests 28 24 30 41 40 24
Military service is a senseless and dangerous activity, and one must try to avoid it using any means 24 23 18 15 15 12
It is difficult to say 8 9 8 4 3 4

IN YOUR OPINION, DOES RUSSIA NEED A MILITARY WITH ENLISTMENT BASED ON CONTRACTS OR CONSCRIPTION? (respondents were presented with a card and could only choose one answer)

 May 19
Russia needs an army fully consisting of enlistments based on contracts 31
Russia needs an army with enlistment partially based on contracts and partially on conscription 49
Russia needs an army fully consisting of enlistments based on conscription, just like during the Soviet Union 17
Other <1
It is difficult to say 3

IN YOUR OPINION, IS OUR MILITARY CURRENTLY CAPABLE OF DEFENDING RUSSIA IN CASE OF A REAL MILITARY THREAT FROM OTHER COUNTRIES? (respondents were presented with a card and could only choose one answer)

Definitely yes Probably yes Probably not Definitely not It is difficult to say
May 19 53 35 6 2 3
Dec. 18 50 38 7 2 3
Jan. 17 44 40 8 2 6
Jan. 16 37 44 10 2 8
Jan. 15 40 42 7 2 9
Jan. 14 14 46 20 4 16
Feb. 13 13 44 21 8 15
Jan. 12 15 47 20 7 11
Jan. 11 17 42 22 6 14
Feb. 10 18 45 15 7 15
Feb. 09 27 46 12 4 11
Feb. 08 24 49 13 4 10
Feb. 07 21 44 19 8 9
Feb. 06 21 41 20 8 10
Jan. 05 14 38 25 13 10
Jan. 04 16 44 24 8 8
Jan. 03 13 42 29 9 8
Jan. 02 17 39 23 7 14
Jan. 00 19 41 23 8 8

Translated by Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (formerly Monterey Institute of International Studies).

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