A new poll indicates that support among West Germans for military readiness has sunk to its lowest level in 26 years, with three out of four discounting the Soviet bloc as a serious security threat.

The survey, published Sunday in the conservative Hamburg weekly Welt am Sonntag, also indicated that West Germans tend to believe Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev when he talks about reducing East-West tension.The paper said officials in the Defense Ministry, which it said commissioned the survey, were shocked by the findings. West Germany, located at the front lines of the East-West struggle, traditionally has been one of NATO's strongest supporters.

The poll results reflect a growing sense among West Germans - especially younger people - that the government should be focusing more on domestic problems such as unemployment.