Fully 43 percent of Hungarians asked in a Nézőpont survey expressed a positive view of Russian President Vladimir Putin, while 36 percent of respondents said they had a negative opinion.
The pro-Fidesz institute gauged Putin’s appreciation in 12 central European countries in November and December last year, and concluded from the results that the Russian president is a divisive politician.
According to the pollster, Hungarians have a “pragmatic” view of the Russian president.
Putin is most popular with Serbs (77pc), while respondents in Poland (10pc) indicated the most negative views about him.
The poll found that Putin was also popular in Bulgaria (60pc), North Macedonia (55pc) and Montenegro (57pc).
The Russian president was less popular with Czechs (25pc), and Romanians (31pc).
Slovenia (34pc), Croatia (37pc) and Austria (21pc) were in the same “pragmatic” category as Hungary.
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