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New Survey Shows Half of All Hungarians Think the Country is Headed “In the Wrong Direction”

By Tom Szigeti // 2017.08.04.

A new survey from the Center for Insights in Survey Research reviewed “Public Opinion in Hungary” on a number of important topics, ranging from Hungarians’ views on the future, to their political preferences, to what they see as the greatest challenges facing the country.

The responses that the center, which is a project of the Washington DC-based International Republican Institute, received, reveal a few rather negative trends: In what is perhaps the poll’s most damning statistic, when asked if they

‘think that today’s generation of young people has a good future in Hungary,’ nearly three-fourths of all respondents, 74%, responded ‘No.’

This means that, if this survey is indeed reflective of Hungarian public mood, a strong majority of the country’s residents see no future for younger generations here.

When asked what the “single biggest problem facing Hungary today” is, the biggest response, from 28% of those surveyed, was poverty and social inequality, followed, in order, by corruption, unemployment, and healthcare.

And when asked if Hungary was headed in the right direction or not, fully 50% of respondents said that the country is headed in the wrong direction. By contrast, 38% said it was headed in the right direction, while 12% either didn’t know or refused to answer.

In addition to these topics, the survey also examined the upcoming parliamentary elections, where Hungarians got their news from, as well as their views on issues ranging from the US to NATO to Russia.

The survey was conducted on behalf of the Center for Insights in Survey Research by Ipsos Hungary Zrt. Data was collected between March 2 and March 8, 2017 through face-to-face interviews. 1,000 Hungarian residents aged 18 years and older were interviewed. The margin of error on the above statistics is plus or minus 3.25%, meaning that actual results could be, at most, that much higher or lower than those reported. You can view the report in its entirety here.

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