Eighty percent of Hungarians, and even nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of left-wing voters believe that the European Union should contribute to the costs of border protection, a recent opinion poll by the Nézőpont Institute shows.
According to the pro-government think tank’s statement: “Hungary’s border fence is one of the most effective protection points of the European Union; with its help, the Hungarian authorities prevented 270,000 illegal border crossings last year alone,” the communiqué reads.
The poll shows that 54 percent of voters think that the Hungarian state and the EU should jointly finance the cost of border protection. A quarter of Hungarians (26 percent) believe that this is the EU’s responsibility alone, while 12 percent believe that it is the responsibility of the Hungarian state alone, they said.
The political divide does not fundamentally affect the perception of the issue either: almost all voters of the governing parties (96 percent) believe that the EU should also financially support Hungarian border protection efforts, but even almost two-thirds of left-wing voters (62 percent) are on the government’s side on this issue.
Even among voters who are generally more critical of the government, there is no difference of opinion: 73 percent of young people and 71 percent of Budapest residents would expect the EU to adequately finance the physical protection of the external borders, the statement reads.
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