Fund "Public opinion" Foundation (FOM) conducted a sample survey, which found that half of Russians believe that Arctic exploration is important and even significant expenditure on it is justified.
And more than 2 thirds of the respondents have no doubt that the Arctic territories is beneficial to the country.
The inhabitants of Russia consider the Arctic needs. 67% of the inhabitants of the powers think that the possession of a solid part of the Arctic coast useful and beneficial for Russia. First, consider 38% of respondents FOM the inhabitants of our planet, because there are a large number of minerals.
In all of this, only 6% of inhabitants of Russia announced that possession of territories in the Arctic is useless and does not provide virtually no benefits. And just over a quarter (27%) of participants in the sample survey were undecided. The Russians failed to come to a common opinion, should the waters of the Arctic to remain neutral, or they must be divided between the riparian countries. So, about thirty percent of the respondents believe that they should remain neutral.
Considering opinion 13% of inhabitants of Russia, the decision of the question will help to prevent international disputes and wars. 8% of respondents said that Arctic waters should remain neutral, for it is a world heritage and these territories should use different powers. For sharing of the waters of the Arctic between the riparian countries were made by 23% of inhabitants of Russia, the belief that it will be more order and fewer collisions (5%).
The development of the Arctic requires substantial funds, but it is essential and these costs are justified, no doubt 50% of respondents. Along with this 26% believe that cash is better spent on other tasks. Almost the same (24%) were undecided. Taking into account the opinion of 68% of the Russian population, the extraction of desired minerals in the Arctic possible. Different opinion every 10 (10%). Are unable to answer the question, 22% of respondents.
Not so long ago created the state Commission on development of the Arctic, taking into account the opinion of 46% of inhabitants of Russia should be engaged in the defense of the ecological system of the region. 38% of respondents believe that the main problem of the structure - the formation of the Northern sea route. The support and company of oil and gas research in the area of the Arctic called in the main task 31% of respondents, notes "Interfax".
No less important tasks of the Commission, having regard to the opinion of inhabitants of Russia are considered the maintenance and strengthening of the Russian military presence in the Arctic (29%), development of the regions in the Arctic zone (28%), support and organization of Arctic research (27%). Also, 24% believe that the Commission needs to begin to do to ensure Russia's cooperation with other States bordering the Arctic. 37% of respondents also admitted that he would like to visit the Arctic, 56% said they wouldn't.