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2015.09.08 13:45

Survey: Lithuanians want to spend more on defence

DELFI EN | The Lithuania Tribune2015.09.08 13:45

(BNS) The majority of Lithuanians are in favor of an increase in defence spending, believe in NATO allies’ help and acknowledge that the Crimean crisis has changed their attitude toward Lithuanian defence, a survey for news portal delfi.lt showed Monday.

 (BNS) The majority of Lithuanians are in favor of an increase in defence spending, believe in NATO allies’ help and acknowledge that the Crimean crisis has changed their attitude toward Lithuanian defence, a survey for news portal delfi.lt showed Monday.

Asked whether defence spending should be increased, 64 percent of those polled believed that Lithuania should spend more on defence. They only disagreed on the best timeframe for the increase; 10.8 percent of those polled said the increase should take effect “immediately,” 20.1 percent said it should be done gradually, and 33.4 percent said the increase should depend on the “financial situation.”

In response to the question “Do you believe NATO will defend us in case of a threat?”, 44.2 percent said “yes”, 29.4 percent said “yes, but not immediately,” and 14.6 percent did not believe that Lithuania would receive help from NATO allies.

When asked whether the Crimean crisis had changed their attitude toward Lithuania’s defence, 20.3 percent of the respondents said “yes”, 41.7 percent said “in part,” and 29.2 percent said their attitude did not change.

The survey of 1,007 people, aged 18-75, was carried out by public opinion and market research company Spinter Tyrimai on 15-20 March.

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