The current healthcare situation is the most significant problem for the entirety of Hungarian voters, according to liberal news site 24.hu, but party affiliation makes things interesting. The liberal news portal held a survey through left-leaning Závecz Research, which gathered the opinions of a representative body of Hungarian voters. Despite not listing its relevance on their own, if asked about it, Fidesz voters placed the perceived “gender lobby” of LGBTQ activists in second place, following immigration.
In the first part of the survey, respondents were asked to spontaneously list the three problems which they consider the most pressing. The most significant, with 45 percent bringing it up, was healthcare. The second most significant, brought up by 38 percent of respondents, was inflation and costly products. The third most significant issue was standard of living and livelihood at 35 percent, with another 17 percent bringing up low wages.
In the second part of the survey, respondents had to rate seven issues by significance on a scale of 1-5. These were: inflation, corruption, immigration, foreign affairs (relations with the EU and other countries), low wages and pensions, healthcare, and the “gender lobby.”
It should be noted that the last option, the supposed LGBTQ lobby, was not brought up in the first part of the survey, where respondents had to list the most significant problems facing Hungary. However, when it was brought up by questioners in the second section, Fidesz voters placed it second after immigration.
Thus, Fidesz supporters significantly differed from other respondents by giving immigration a 4.4 in significance and the gender lobby a 4, while giving inflation, corruption, and healthcare all a 3.6. Opposition voters also differed, especially from Fidesz counterparts, as they prioritized the issues of corruption (4.7), healthcare (4.7), inflation (4.6), and low wages and pensions (4.4).
Neither opposition, non-affiliated, or voters of other parties viewed the perceived gender lobby as a relevant issue, a situation which 24.hu considers to be attributable to the effects of government propaganda on Fidesz voters. It is interesting that they would not list it of their own volition, but when brought up as an option, it shot up beyond traditional (and one may argue realistic) societal issues.
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