Contract services not popular among Russian citizens for now - poll
A total of 54 percent of Russian citizens prefer that their close ones do shorter draft service (one year) than two years of contract service (31 percent), sociologists of the Levada Center told Interfax citing the poll held on January 27 among 1,603 respondents in 45 regions.
According to the survey conducted, 15 percent of Russians failed to answer which service is better.
Meanwhile, 48 percent of Russians would prefer that their close one or a relative that is eligible for the draft goes to the army and 33 percent would look for a way to avoid the army service (against 46 percent in favor of army service and 36 percent opposed in 2012), the poll showed.
At the same time, 48 percent of respondents said they supported switching to forming the army on contracts of those willing to do service for money, 40 percent of Russians said they were in favor of keeping general military obligations and compulsory army service, and 12 percent failed to respond.
Sixty-one percent of Russian citizens are confident in the Russian army's ability to defend the country, 24 percent share the opposite stance, and 15 percent failed to answer, the survey showed.
According to the poll, 56 percent of Russians think that a military threat to Russia exists now, 32 percent see no threat, and 12 percent of respondents failed to respond.