Baltic public opinion survey reveals recognition of Rail Baltica economic impact and prioritizes connectivity needs

  • 2024-02-29

For the sixth consecutive year, the annual pan-Baltic survey, conducted by the Rail Baltica project implementers and facilitated by 'Norstat,' gathers insights into residents' attitudes towards Rail Baltica. Delving into awareness, perceptions, and support for Rail Baltica among residents of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, the survey underscores recognition of the project's economic potential, alongside a shared emphasis on the importance of enhanced connectivity across the region.

The survey revealed that there continues to be a consistently high level of support for the region's largest railway infrastructure project, with an average support rate of 66%. This figure remains consistent with the 61% support recorded a year prior and the 62% support registered in 2021. The findings underscore a notable level of awareness across the Baltic states, with a substantial majority, over 90% of respondents in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, demonstrating knowledge about Rail Baltica.

The survey identified several aspects of the Rail Baltica project deemed particularly important by Baltic inhabitants. These include the contribution to economic growth at both national and regional levels, the enhancement of transportation links within the Baltic states and with other European countries, and the promotion of environmentally friendly public transportation. The importance of these aspects varied slightly among respondents in each country, reflecting different priorities and perspectives.

Despite variations in the importance placed on different aspects, overall support for the Rail Baltica project remained steadfast across the Baltic states. Respondents agreed that Rail Baltica will provide more transportation links with other European countries, facilitate faster travel between Baltic countries, and create new long-term job opportunities. Furthermore, most respondents recognized Rail Baltica as a long-term investment worth pursuing, highlighting its potential to strengthen inter-Baltic relations and foster economic growth.