In the event of a Russian attack 39% of people did nothing or left Latvia, showed a survey commissioned by the Ministry of defence. On the question of what they would do if Russia invaded Latvia, 8% of respondents said that they would go into the national guard (Zemessardze is literally the “Guardian of Earth” — the Latvian voluntary armed organization that is part of the National armed forces of the Republic of Latvia — approx. ed.), 7% — that would be armed resistance, not engaging in the national guard, and 24% had to help the resistant. 14% of respondents would leave Latvia, 6% would have taken something else, 25% would not do anything and tried to live as before.
In the case of a Russian attack on Latvia 16% of male respondents would have entered into the national guard, 15% would be armed resistance, not engaging in the national guard, 15% had to help resist, 11% would leave Latvia, 6% would have taken something else, 20% would not do anything.
55% of respondents believe that Latvia should ensure that in the event of a military invasion to protect her by all means possible, even if this would require large casualties. 26% of respondents do not share this opinion.
For that you have to defend Latvia by all means, favor the majority of respondents at the age from 17 to 25 years of age and over 60 years of age; residents predominantly with higher education; with the Latvian language of communication in the family; employed in the public sector; with medium and high incomes; residing near Riga and in Vidzeme, as well as in the countryside.
The opposite opinion was shared by respondents aged 26 to 45 years; residents with Russian as the language of communication in the family; working in the private sector; low-income; living in Kurzeme, Zemgale and Latgale.
54% of respondents in the case of Latvia is caused by the external forces of the armed conflict would have remained in the country, 31% would leave the country.
Compared to 2015, in 2016 the number of the respondents that in the case of Latvia is caused by the external forces of the armed conflict, they would have remained in the country.
As held in November 2016 by the sociological research centre SKDS participated 1019 permanent residents of Latvia aged 17-74 years.