A new poll shows that there is growing support for having a military defense in Norway. Meanwhile, only four of ten respondents believed that the quality of the country’s defense is good enough.
It’s in a survey conducted by Opinion for the organization People and Defense, 87 percent of those surveyed are in favor of having a military defense in Norway. This is an increase of 4 percent compared with last year. Only 3 percent are opposed to a military defense.
The proportion of those who are in favor of having a defense army has gone up in recent years, with those who are over the age of 55 are the most positive, whilst the 25-29 age group are the most negative.
Conscription has a strong support in the country. 77 per cent of those surveyed want to retain conscription. Also with this question the age group over 55 years are the most positive, but for those between 26 and 29 years, support has also risen by 11 per cent from last year, up to a response rate of 72 percent.
The quality of the Norwegian Armed Forces has been debated after the Long-Term Plan for the Armed Forces were presented by Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.
Among the respondents in the poll the impression of the military is that the quality has weakened somewhat compared with the poll last year. Four out of ten say they have a good impression, but the percentage has fallen from 46 percent last year to 41 percent this year.
Just under half, 45 percent of those surveyed, believe that the current defense budget is too small, whilst 76 percent responded that membership in NATO helps safeguard the country.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today