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« on: January 13, 2015, 03:14:12 PM »

Year-end 2014 poll in 65 countries:

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http://www.wingia.com/en/services/end_of_year_survey_2014/regional_country_results/8/46/

I compiled a summary:

"If there were a war that involved [your country], would you be willing to fight for your country?"

(ranked by net balance)

94-05 Fiji [+89]
94-06 Morocco [+88]
85-01 Azerbaijan [+84]
89-07 Pakistan [+82]
89-09 Vietnam [+80]
84-08 Papua New Guinea [+76]
86-12 Bangladesh [+74]
72-13 Thailand [+59]
76-18 Georgia [+58]
75-17 India [+58]
76-20 Afghanistan [+56]
69-13 Kazakhstan [+56]
74-20 Finland [+54]
70-17 Indonesia [+53]
66-13 Israel [+53]
73-21 Turkey [+52]
72-23 Armenia [+49]
71-23 China [+48]
63-18 Malaysia [+45]
70-26 Philippines [+44]
69-27 Kenya [+42]
55-15 Sweden [+40]
59-20 Russia [+39]
62-24 Ukraine [+38]
66-30 Lebanon [+36]
58-24 Kosovo [+34]
64-32 Panama [+32]
61-32 Peru [+29]
56-27 Palestinian Territories [+29]
54-27 Greece [+27]
61-36 Colombia [+25]
54-35 Ecuador [+19]
55-39 Bosnia & Herzegovina [+16]
56-41 Mexico [+15]
41-27 Latvia [+14]
47-34 Poland [+13]
44-31 USA [+13]
46-36 Serbia [+10]
50-46 Nigeria [+4]
48-44 Brazil [+4]


43-43 Argentina [+/-0]
37-37 Denmark [+/-0]


38-40 Ireland [-2]
38-41 Romania [-3]
39-47 Switzerland [-8]
42-50 South Korea [-8]
38-49 Macedonia [-9]
30-43 Australia [-13]
30-45 Canada [-15]
29-44 France [-15]
28-47 Portugal [-19]
25-47 Bulgaria [-22]
27-51 UK [-24]
26-52 Iceland [-26]
21-49 Spain [-28]
10-43 Japan [-33]
23-57 Hong Kong [-34]
19-56 Belgium [-37]
23-64 Czech Republic [-41]
21-62 Austria [-41]
18-62 Germany [-44]
20-68 Italy [-48]
15-64 Netherlands [-49]


Iraq: no data
Saudi Arabia: no data
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2015, 05:20:53 PM »
« Edited: January 14, 2015, 04:48:41 AM by Charlotte Hebdo »


"If there were a war that involved [your country], would you be willing to fight for your country?"

(ranked by net balance)

37-37 Denmark [+/-0]


Pathetic.

EDIT: Well, maybe understandable after Iraq and Afghanistan.


In need of some Dutch courage.
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2015, 05:22:24 PM »

Sweden higher than 'Murica?
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2015, 05:26:52 PM »

I wouldn't, to be honest.
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2015, 05:27:55 PM »


Sweden has a proud military tradition and they have been used to the idea of having to defend themselves being neutral under the Cold War. Look at Finland with 74-20 [+54]. Scandinavian countries are not pacifist.
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2015, 05:28:12 PM »

Wonder what Phil thinks of Italy after those numbers. Actually I'll say for this: Germany, Italy and the Netherlands = Freedom Countries
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2015, 05:30:44 PM »
« Edited: January 14, 2015, 04:49:29 AM by Charlotte Hebdo »

27-51 UK [-24].

Good thing the Battle of Britain is not fought today.

EDIT: Well, maybe understandable after Iraq and Afghanistan. Homeland defence would be a different matter.
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2015, 05:48:20 PM »

No, I wouldn't. The U.S. is pretty much 100% guaranteed to be the aggressor.

On the other hand its understandable for countries like Finland, Sweden, Poland to have a different view considering their history of being bullied by their giant neighbor to the East. (Finland not being in NATO, I think has done a lot of joint military exercises and cooperation with Sweden in the event of Russian aggression despite the USSR's embarrassment in the Winter War). It's pretty much unthinkable that Finland or Sweden would start a war of aggression, but there is unfortunately a nonzero chance they may need to fight a defensive war if Putin really goes mad.

Italy really isn't under any threat by anybody. If Italy went to war it would probably be because Berlusconi or someone like him is in power and joins a U.S. coalition in a war of aggression, like they did with Iraq. Netherlands is in even less danger of having to defend itself.
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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2015, 05:51:11 PM »

I certainly wouldn't. If the US was actually being invaded I'd probably just head to Canada.
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« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2015, 06:09:36 PM »

This is a dumb question. I can't answer categorically one way or the other. It would depend on the specific conflict.
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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2015, 06:16:42 PM »

This is a dumb question, because you don't really know how you'd react when your courage is tested up until it is. I hope the answer is yes (and I would answer 'yes' to this question), but there's no real way to tell.

Nice to see Israel way ahead of Palestine, though.
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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2015, 06:39:13 PM »

Yup, junk poll. For many people, it would depend on circumstances. Nonetheless, I'm surprised to see Canada so low. Good, I guess?
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« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2015, 07:00:50 PM »

Yup, junk poll. For many people, it would depend on circumstances. Nonetheless, I'm surprised to see Canada so low. Good, I guess?

Canada always had a strong anti-militarist streak in some areas and the unpopularity of Afghanistan War probably doesn't help.
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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2015, 07:01:32 PM »

I probably wouldn't enlist, but if I was drafted I don't think I'd dodge the draft. 
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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2015, 10:00:25 PM »

Here are statistics on the same subject from 1990:

http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Lifestyle/Will-fight-for-country
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« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2015, 10:10:26 PM »

I certainly wouldn't. If the US was actually being invaded I'd probably just head to Canada.
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« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2015, 10:22:32 PM »
« Edited: January 13, 2015, 10:24:04 PM by New Canadaland »

A breakdown by gender might be interesting here.

If countries like Sweden are that high up then...
http://satwcomic.com/swedish-army
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« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2015, 10:33:36 PM »

If someone invaded the USA I'd go Makhno(i.e fighting both sides and creating an anarchist society).
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« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2015, 10:51:15 PM »

This is a dumb question. I can't answer categorically one way or the other. It would depend on the specific conflict.

     Pretty much, I have no idea how I would answer this question given a binary like this. As an aside, I'm rather surprised that Switzerland is that low. It'd probably be higher if we factored out the French parts (i.e. fake Switzerland).
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« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2015, 11:52:55 PM »

I wonder how many American Democrats said no...
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« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2015, 12:13:09 AM »

It would depend very much on the circumstances.
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« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2015, 01:03:46 AM »

If the US itself were actually threatened (i.e a Hitler-esque figure seized power in Mexico and proceeded to conduct a Blitzkrieg-style aerial assault and ground invasion)? Yes.

Run-of-the-mill neocon war of choice to protect our strategic interests/liberate the oppressed people of Absurdistan? No.
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« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2015, 04:23:12 AM »


Yes, they had Scandinavian countries at the top.

1      Norway    90%    1990    
1    Sweden    90%    1990    
3    Denmark    89%    1990    
4    Finland    86%    1990

This was in the immediate post-Cold War era where war was thought of as "attack on your country" in Europe. The participation in Iraq/Afghanistan changed that. I think Denmark having the highest losses per capita in Afghanistan played a big role in our drop. In Finland and Sweden the question is likely still interpreted as defense of homeland.

"Would you defend your country if it was attacked?" would be a more interesting question.
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« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2015, 04:45:36 AM »
« Edited: January 14, 2015, 09:51:39 AM by Charlotte Hebdo »

5    United States    78%    1990    
6    Australia    75%            1990    
=7    Switzerland    74%    1990    
=7    United Kingdom 74%    1990    
9    Netherlands    69%    1990

US fifth with Vietnam almost a generation behind and long before Iraq/Afghanistan. Britain post-Falkland was also quite high. The Brits had second highest per capita loss in Afghanistan and also high per capita loss in  Iraq.

It is interesting that the Netherlands were actually in top 10 back then, and they have not had the same losses in overseas operations as Britain and Denmark.

The humiliation in Srebrenica shouldn't be that influential. Again I think that the lack of a realistic threat to the homeland is crucial, still the collapse in willingness to fight has been far larger in the Netherlands than in other similar countries.
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« Reply #24 on: January 14, 2015, 09:46:59 AM »

5    United States    78%    1990    
6    Australia    75%            1990    
=7    Switzerland    74%    1990    
=7    United Kingdom 74%    1990    
9    Netherlands    69%    1990

US fifth with Vietnam almost a generation behind and long before Iraq/Afghanistan. Britain post-Falkland was also quite high. The Brits had second highest per capita loss in Afghanistan and also high per capita loss in  Iraq.

It is interesting that the Netherlands were actually in top 10 back then, and they have not had the same losses in overseas operations as Britain and Denmark.

The humiliation in Srbrenica shouldn't be that influential. Again I think that the lack of a realistic threat to the homeland is crucial, still the collapse in willingness to fight has been far larger in the Netherlands than in other similar countries.

Never ever mention Srebrenica to a Dutchman.

And it's not as if that's the only reason for Dutch national confidence to take a bit of a fall over the last 25 years.
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