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Over 80% of Russians Think Country Needs Nuclear Weapons, Poll Shows

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A screenshot from restored footage of the Trinity test, the world's first nuclear weapons explosion, on July 16, 1945 - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.09.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The majority of Russians believe the country should possess nuclear weapons, with 31% of those considering it as a means of protecting the country if attacked, a poll by the Public Opinion Research Centre shows.
When asked whether Russia needs nuclear weapons or not, 83% of the respondents picked "rather yes," 11% answered "rather not," while 6% were unsure. 88% of those advocating nuclear weapons are aged over 60.
The majority of those who insist that Russia needs nuclear weapons consider them to be needed for protecting the country, while 12% see it as a deterrence factor. A negative attitude towards Russia in the West was named as a reason for keeping the nuclear arsenal by 11%, and 9% and 7% assess the weapons as a safeguard of peace and citizens’ safety respectively.
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Among the reasons against possessing nuclear capacities 28% choose the uselessness of the weapons, 22% of the surveyed say they threaten the humanity, 20% advocate universal peace, 7% refer to high costs of maintaining the nuclear arsenal, 6% call on peaceful resolution of all problems, and 6% say Russia has no enemy to fight with.
The poll was conducted on 4 September, covering 1,600 citizens aged over 18. The margin of error does not exceed 2.5%.
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