Pollster: Overwhelming Majority Of Hungarians Rejects Mandatory Migrant Quotas
Tamás Székely 2016.02.29.
Fully 84% of Hungarians would reject the EU’s mandatory migrant quotas in a referendum while 10% would approve the scheme, a survey conducted by pollster Századvég after the announcement on the referendum proposal shows.
Századvég prepared the survey right after the prime minister announced on February 24 the proposal to conduct a national referendum on the quota system. In the planned referendum citizens will be asked “Do you want to allow the European Union to mandate the resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens to Hungary without the approval of the National Assembly?”. In the survey the pollster asked 500 voting age adults how they would vote in the referendum proposed by the government on the mandatory quota system. Among respondents with leftwing sympathies, 57% rejected the scheme, as did 84% of respondents who identify as centrists, the survey showed. Among respondents sympathising with the right, 97% rejected the scheme.
Among respondents supporting the allied ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrats, the quota system was rejected by 97%, among supporters of radical nationalist Jobbik by 89% and among supporters of the Socialists by 56%. Among supporters of green opposition LMP, 51% rejected migrant quotas as did 49% of the supporters of the leftist opposition Democratic Coalition. In terms of age groups, the quota system’s disapproval rate was 90% among those aged between 40 and 50, 86% among those aged 60 or above, 83% among those aged between 50 and 60 and 81% in the 23-30 age bracket, Századvég said.
The Budapest-based pollster also shared a poll about the latest party preferences in Hungary. According to Századvég’s estimation, the ruling parties maintained their lead in support for political parties during February despite some sharp political disputes and demonstrations during the month. The Fidesz-Christian Democrats governing alliance received the support of 34% of all Hungarians in a poll prepared by interviewing 1,000 randomly selected adults between February 20 and 25, Századvég said. The radical nationalist Jobbik was supported by 13% and the opposition Socialists by 9% of all voters.
Left-wing opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) received 6%, green opposition LMP received 4% and Együtt 1% of all votes. The smaller parties of the left wing, including the PM party and the Liberals, received less than 1% each, according to the poll. A total of 46% of decided voters said they support the ruling parties, the same as in the spring of 2014, when the last general elections were held. Support for Jobbik was 23% in this group, and for the Socialists it was 14%. Some 9% of decided voters said they support DK and 4% support LMP. Együtt, PM and the Liberals each garnered less than 1% of support.