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Record Support for Hungarian EU Membership, says Medián Survey

Fanni Kaszás 2020.12.09.

Based on a survey by the Medián Institute for Public Opinion and Market Research, support for Hungarian EU membership set a record in November: about 85 percent of the voting population supports Hungary’s EU membership, even though the relationship between the Union and the country has hit a rocky road. 

The Medián Institute shared the results of its recent survey in a Facebook post, in which they reported that Hungarians currently support EU membership to a greater extent than ever before. The liberal-leaning institute also drew attention to the fact that the country reached a record level of support, while the Hungarian government facing more intense conflict with the union than ever before, and governmental attacks on EU institutions, are becoming commonplace in the country.

Nevertheless, according to the survey, even among Fidesz voters, the proportion of EU membership supporters is 77 percent, while in the opposition it is an overwhelming 94 percent. A total of 86% of those without party affiliation support the country’s EU membership.

As Medián recalled, since Hungary’s accession to the EU in 2004, a majority of more than 70 percent has consistently supported Hungary’s membership in the European Union. This majority declined somewhat in the fall of 2011, melting to an average of two-thirds, then reaching or exceeding 70 percent again after 2014.

In 2018, the majority fluctuated around 80 percent throughout, then in January 2019 it reached an unprecedented rate of 85 percent. Back then, 85% said that they “fully” or “rather” support Hungary’s membership in the European Union.

featured photo: Csaba Jászai/MTVA