According to US-based research firm Nielsen Media Research, in comparison to the first quarter of 2014, the first quarter of 2015 has seen a substantial increase in the number of residents in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania who are worried about potential conflict with the Russian Federation.
In the first quarter of 2014, Nielsen undertook the same survey, with only 4 percent of Latvians stating they are concerned over the threat of war with the Russian Federation. In 2015, this leapt to 32 percent.
In Lithuania, only 2 percent were concerned over the threat in 2014; this has increased to 21 percent.
Estonian residents expressed similar concerns to their Lithuanian counterparts, with 24 percent worried with the threat of war; a 21 percent increase from 3 percent in 2014.
The latest Nielsen study took place in February and March 2015, with over 30,000 people asked across 60 countries.