Like Hungarians, the French, Germans, Italians, and Brits consider family and children to be the highest good, and would prefer to solve demographic problems by having children, according to a survey conducted by Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) and its affiliated Institute for Youth Research.
The survey, entitled Values Under Siege 2022, showed that, like in Hungary, family is the most important thing for people in Western European countries. In the West, this is followed by friends, leisure, work, nation, and finally religion and politics, while
in the lives of Hungarians, the triad of work, religion, and nation is the most important.
Furthermore, compared to the average, Hungarians would retain a greater proportion of the role of churches in society.
In the countries surveyed, the most important values for the next generation are a sense of responsibility, tolerance, and manners, while religious faith is the least important. According to the study, Hungarians perceive their situation as being easier than that of the previous generation, while the French see this otherwise.
Italians and French were the most pessimistic about their future, while Hungarians were the most confident.
The research also found that Hungarians are most likely to engage in dialogue with groups of different political views, religions, or economic status.
European citizens believe that society should be developed gradually through reforms. This is particularly true for Hungarian society, while some Italians and French are more open to radical change, the survey shows.
In each of these countries, problems associated with poverty would be solved by creating jobs rather than providing aid, the future of humanity would be built on cooperation between people rather than technological progress, and demographic problems would be solved by having children rather than immigration, according to the survey.
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