Specialists from the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM) conducted a survey of Russians timed to coincide with Navy Day. The results of this study allowed the experts to state that the overwhelming majority of the country’s residents (84 per cent) are confident that the Navy is capable of protecting Russia’s sea borders in the event of a real military threat.
Interestingly, over the past 16 years, the share of those who are convinced of the strength of the Russian Navy has grown significantly (70 per cent in 2005, +14 percentage points). Experts have also determined that Russians most often associate the Navy with pride in the fleet (20 per cent), power (7 per cent), warships (6 per cent), protection and strength, and generally evokes positive associations (4 per cent each).
In addition, according to 44 per cent of respondents, over the past two to three years, it has become more difficult for the Navy to carry out tasks of protecting maritime borders, although 16 per cent of respondents disagree with this and believe that it has become even easier to protect maritime borders nowadays (in turn, 20 per cent believe that the level and difficulty of the tasks have not changed).
Among the main qualities that a modern military man should possess, Russians named valour (30 per cent), love for Motherland (23 per cent), professionalism (18 per cent), decency (14 per cent), and intelligence (10 per cent).