Anti-Semitism declined in Hungary from 38 per cent of the total population in 2013 to 31 per cent in 2014, a survey conducted by the pollster Medián has found. While the level of education or financial situation do not affect anti-Semitism in society, two-thirds of voters supporting the radical nationalist Jobbik party have anti-Semitic leanings, according to results.
23 per cent of respondents reject the Jewish community on an “emotional basis”, director of research Endre Hann at the introduction of the survey today, adding that the figures are “not dramatic” in a European comparison. The poll, which divided respondents into “stongly anti-Semitic”, “mildly anti-Semitic” and “not anti-Semitic”, found that the number of anti-Semites fundamentally decreased from 2013 to 2014.
According to the survey, anti-Semitism has a stronger presence in the capital than in rural areas but there is no significant connection between the level of education, social status, income situation and anti-Semitism. The leader of research emphasised that anti-Semitism is not a “central question” to a large share of Hungarian society and pointed out that while two-thirds of Jobbik supporters were labelled anti-Semitic, 16 per cent of those backing the left-wing Socialists were also classified as strongly anti-Semitic.
The representative survey was carried out in late 2014, with 1200 respondents aged 18 or over.